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Chimps raised by humans are no smarter

John von Radowitz

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

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Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.
Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.

CHIMPANZEES raised by humans turn out to be no cleverer than those given an ape upbringing, research in the US has shown.

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Genes largely determine a chimp's intelligence, a study has highlighted, and human intervention makes no difference to it at all.

Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.

This is because while genes also play a major role in human intelligence, factors such as schooling, home life, economic status, and the culture a person is born in complicate the picture.

Previous studies have suggested that genetics account for around a quarter to a half of variations in human intelligence.

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