Studying can be a hard slog. Did you know sticking with it for the long haul and seeing it through to the end could be attributed to a genetic factor?

New research released by a multinational consortium of medical researchers and social scientists has found a link between educational attainment and tiny variations in a person’s genetic sequence.

The data of more than 126,000 people from around the world, including 2,500 from the Hunter Region, was studied, looking specifically at a genetic variation called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the bearing on schooling years and completion of tertiary education.

University of Newcastle researchers Professor Rodney Scott, Dr Chris Oldmeadow, Dr Liz Holliday and Professor John Attia worked on the study, with the findings published in the online issue of Science magazine.

READ the full article on the Hunter Medial Research Institute’s website.

In the MEDIA

Degrees of learning in the genesABC online

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Scientists Spot Genes Tied to Success at School, CollegePhilly.com

Could the secret to educational achievement lie in a person’s DNA? A major new study suggests that genes do play some role in how well an individual does at school.

Genetic variants linked to educational attainmentCornwall Chronicle

A multinational team of researchers has identified genetic markers that predict educational attainment by pooling data from more than 125,000 individuals in the United States, Australia and 13 western European countries.