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Genetic change link to reading problems

1st October 2008

Researchers have suggested that a common genetic variant may be partly to blame for poor reading ability and dyslexia.

Tests by the University of Oxford found people carrying the key sequence tended to perform worse than average in tests of their reading ability, though the study – published in the American Journal of Psychiatry – found there was no impact on general intelligence. The Oxford team examined the link between a DNA sequence called haplotype and reading ability in a sample of 6,000 seven to nine-year old children.

 

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