Do Facial Features Show If One is Smart? Scientists Say No After Studying 76 Genes

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Researchers from Stanford and KU Leuven identified 76 genes that affect the shape of the brain and face. But these genes do not explain the link between the face and cognitive ability, debunking pseudoscience beliefs between the two.
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A team of interdisciplinary scientists from KU Leuven and Stanford University has identified 76 genes that affect the variation of the brain and facial structures.

However, scientists found no genetic link between the face and the cognitive ability of a person. That means that the study's findings debunk several pseudoscientific beliefs that intelligence could be assessed using facial features.

Study senior author Professor Joanna Wysocka from the Laboratory for Imaging Genetics at KU Leuven said that previous studies have already hinted at a genetic link between the shape of the face and brain but it was based on model organisms and clinical knowledge of rare conditions.

The study, entitled "Shared heritability of human face and brain shape" published in Nature Genetics, describes the genetic link between the shape of the face and brain of a person much more broadly than previous studies.

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