Whether a student graduates high school or achieves a college degree could depend partly on genetic factors beyond their control, according to a national study of thousands of Americans, the Huffington Post reports. In the report, which appears in the July issue of Developmental Psychology, researchers identify three genes -- DAT1, DRD2, and DRD4 -- that are associated with attention regulation, motivation, violence, cognitive skills and intelligence.

"Being able to show that specific genes are related in any way to academic achievement is a big step forward in understanding the developmental pathways among young people," the study's lead author...

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