Genome Based Genetic Study Says Persons Wearing Glasses Are Intelligent

Nora Nguyen
June 2, 2018

It may seem merely a cliche born of centuries of educated people straining their eyes in dimly-lit libraries, but new genetic research suggests those who wear glasses really are more intelligent. Therefore, they were also more likely to wear glasses.

Among their findings was that those with higher levels of intelligence were more likely to need reading glasses than those with lower scores.

Scientists analyzed genetic data from 300,500 people and found that, on average, those who had more genetic predisposition to be intelligent, also had a 30% greater chance of having genes in their DNA require glasses.

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Davies and colleagues wanted to examine genomic regions associated with better cognitive function and discovered almost 150 genetic regions associated with how clever people are.

The data came from previous studies with participants ages 16 to 102 who had been asked to take several tests that measured general cognitive ability.

The study is the largest of its kind ever conducted, according to The Guardian, and also found negative correlations between cognitive function and a number of other health problems, including angina, lung cancer and depression.

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Lead researcher and CCACE director Professor Ian Deary said: "Less than a decade ago we were searching for genes related to intelligence with about 3,000 participants, and we found nearly nothing". The results could help understand age and illness-related cognitive decline, "The Telegraph" reported.

The authors of the study also found "significant genetic overlap" between other variables such as hypertension and factors including general cognitive function and reaction time. "One thing we know from these results is that good thinking skills are a part of good health overall".

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