Intelligence: Ethical Debates about the Search for IQ Quantitative Trait Loci


This article focuses on arguments about the acceptability of research dedicated to isolating specific genes which may influence IQ. It also surveys other public controversies in the UK about behavioral genetics.

Keywords: IQ; behavior; eugenics; ethics; public perceptions


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King, David(Sep 2006) Intelligence: Ethical Debates about the Search for IQ Quantitative Trait Loci. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005876]