Intelligence genes have been identified
"Nothing in the world is so dispatched as the mind. Since everyone is convinced that he has enough of it," the French philosopher, mathematician and scientist René Descartes recognized. From a genetic perspective, the distribution does not seem quite fair. A recent study shows that men's brain performance is determined genetically. The researchers were able to identify a group of genes that regulate cognitive abilities.
Is it possible to create superintelligent men by influencing genes? The basis for this was recently achieved by an Austrian research team of the Innsbruck Medical University. The researchers came to know why some people were more intelligent than others. The reason lies in the genes. For the first time, the genes that are responsible for human information have been identified. The research results have recently been published in the famous "Plos genetics" magazine.
There is no single intelligence gene
"We know there's no intelligence gene from the name, but many genes make small contributions," said director of the Neuroscience Cooperative Center, Georg Dechant, in a press release on the results of the study. This research made a significant contribution to a basic understanding of information, which was often not known of the genetic basis.
A group of proteins regulate the performance of the brain
As the study shows, a group of proteins in the nucleus regulate cognitive abilities. A key role plays a protein of the SATB2 name. This protein binds the DNA genetic material and thus determines the development. This also explains why people with mutation in this gene develop mental disabilities and learning disabilities. "Using modern biochemical methods, we have now designated a group of proteins that work with SATB2 in cerebrum neurons," added the study author Galina Apostolova.
There is now a new generation of hyper-intelligent?
In the research, the study team clearly stated that specific variations of the identified genes were related to differences in human intelligence. This basic research contributes to a better understanding of advanced brain functions. However, a designer is not expected to be too intelligent in the near future, because according to the science condition, these genes are only conditionally influenced. "Because so many genes are attached, it's seem impossible to handle information in the molecular level," Georg Dechant emphasizes.
New treatments for psychiatric and neurological diseases
"Our findings are important in any case for developing new therapies for psychiatric or neurological diseases," says Dechant. In such diseases, there is often a impairment of cognitive performance. Therefore, the results of a study of special importance for the field of molecular psychiatry known herein. (Vb)