Good GCSE Results? Thank Your Parents, as it Might all be Genetic

By Gary Cutlack on at

Soon, a DNA test might be able to tell you whether it's worth revising for exams or not, as new research suggests that genetic factors are much more important than schoolwork or home life when it comes to determining future exam successes.

The data, mined out by researchers at King's College London, claims that a massiveĀ 58 per cent of the differences between various pupils' test scores may be determined by genetic factors alone, with a significantly lower 29 per cent variance explained by school and home life reasons.

The controversial inference being that clever mums and dads breed clever children, and there's no point teaching those who can't... hang on, I'm starting to sound like Boris Johnson. [Independent]

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