December 13, 2013 | Ling

Is intelligence something you're just born with? I still remember the burning envy I felt watching some schoolmates sail through school while I slogged away.

Now, according to a new study on twins taking their GCSEs, a larger part of exam performance is attributed to genes. However, that doesn't mean what you can achieve is set in stone - your genes are influenced by your environment. So it may be that if teaching were more tailored to the individual, nurture rather than nature would play the bigger role...

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The researchers studied exam performance in more than 11,000 twins.

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