Updated Trends: Gene that determines link between handedness and reading ability found
Scientists have found that an individual’s handedness is directly linked to his reading ability. A newly discovered genetic variant speaks about the link.
Professor Tony Monaco, the lead author of the study said, “This study provides the first genetic link between handedness, brain asymmetry, and reading ability.”
He added, “Despite the known biological function of PCSK6, this is the first study implicating it with handedness. The fact that this association also seems to be apparent in people with dyslexia provides an interesting clue to explore whether there is a link between handedness and language-related disorders.”
Children who have a particular gene called PCSK6, use there right hand the most and these people are pretty bad at reading, the latest study informs. This study was conducted on 192 children who faced reading difficulties.
The study involved reading of the genetic codes of the subjects. It also included the measuring of the right and the left hand skill levels. This revealed that the gene PCSK6 gene and relatives hand skill had a very strong link.
The children with the mentioned gene variant were found to be right handed.