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In the Media

Host of genes and genetic variants linked to dyslexia identified

20 October 2022

Research sheds light on hereditary aspect of disorder in largest such study to date.  A host of genetic variants associated with dyslexia have been identified by researchers, shedding light on the hereditary aspect of the disorder.

Genomic research that can help explain personality traits and behaviour raises ethical questions

12 April 2022

Increasingly cheap and powerful technology means genomic data can be generated at scale, allowing the investigation of the genetic basis for all sorts of traits, including our behaviour and personality.  

The Genetics of Dyslexia | Specific Learning Disorders, Scotland

13 Jan 2022

In this episode of Dyslexia News Darren chats to Dr Silvia Paracchini & Dr Michelle Luciano following on from their project ‘Specific Learning Disorders in Scotland’ receiving a £10,000 funding boost from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We delve into the genetics behind dyslexia and the different ways that the learning difference effects people including the impact interests and personality traits have on dyslexia.

Publications

Manhattan plot of the genome-wide association analysis of dyslexia.

Discovery of 42 genome-wide significant loci associated with dyslexia

Reading and writing are crucial life skills but roughly one in ten children are affected by dyslexia, which can persist into adulthood. Family studies of dyslexia suggest heritability up to 70%, yet few convincing genetic markers have been found. 

Nature v Nurture

The question of whether it is genes or environment that largely shapes human behaviour has been debated for centuries. During the second half of the 20th century, there were two camps of scientists – each believing that nature or nurture, respectively, was exclusively at play.