A Genomewide Scan for Intelligence Identifies Quantitative Trait Loci on 2q and 6p

D. Posthuma, M. Luciano, J.C.N. de Geus, M.J. Wright, P.E. Slagboom, GW Montgomery, D.I. Boomsma, N.G. Martin

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Abstract

Between 40% and 80% of the variation in human intelligence (IQ) is attributable to genetic factors. Except for many rare mutations resulting in severe cognitive dysfunction, attempts to identify these factors have not been successful. We report a genomewide linkage scan involving 634 sibling pairs designed to identify chromosomal regions that explain variation in IQ. Model-free multipoint linkage analysis revealed evidence of a significant quantitative-trait locus for performance IQ at 2q24.1-31.1 (LOD score 4.42), which overlaps the 2q21-33 region that has repeatedly shown linkage to autism. A second region revealed suggestive linkage for both full-scale and verbal IQs on 6p25.3-22.3 (LOD score 3.20 for full-scale IQ and 2.33 for verbal IQ), overlapping marginally with the 6p22.3-21.31 region implicated in reading disability and dyslexia. © 2005 by The American Society of Human Genetics. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-326
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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