Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Ashkenazic genetic diseases and intelligence [3quarksdaily, Futurepundit, NYT, Economist]

The incomparable 3quarksdaily highlights [along with the The Economist, FuturePundit, and The NYT] a recent story provoking considerable debate. A new University of Utah study [pdf] links Ashkenazic genetic diseases and enhanced intelligence.
As to how the disease mutations might affect intelligence, the Utah researchers cite evidence that the sphingolipid [my link] disorders promote the growth and interconnection of brain cells. Mutations in the DNA repair genes, involved in second cluster of Ashkenazic diseases, may also unleash growth of neurons.

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