Face, brain development tightly linked, study finds

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Researchers at Stanford and KU Leuven have identified more than 70 genes that affect variation in both brain and facial structure. The genes don't influence cognitive ability, further debunking beliefs that intelligence can be assessed by facial features.
Even when you assume your best poker face, you reveal something about what's in your head, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford Medicine and KU Leuven, a university in Belgium.

That's because the shape of your face and your brain are genetically linked more closely than had been previously thought, the study reports.

Although developmental biologists are used to thinking about the developing face as a receptacle for the embryonic brain — morphing and stretching as the growing brain pushes…
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