Math or English? Study Finds Genetics Shape Both Abilities
A recent study found that "half the genes that influence a child's math ability also seem to influence reading ability." The researchers tested 2,800 pairs of 12-year-old British twins, some pairs identical while others were fraternal. Testing math and reading skills using standardized tests, scientists tested the twins' results against unrelated children. What they found is that math and reading ability are related and the biggest factor in determining that relationship is genetics. Though, environmental factors, like having a better math teacher or frequenting the library more, also plays a role in children's preferences.
By Jordan Moses
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