Genes that influence children's reading skills also affect their maths

A girl works at a desk during a school lesson

Many of the genes that affect how well a child can read at secondary school have an impact on their maths skills too, researchers say.  Scientists found that around half of the genes that influenced the literacy of 12-year-olds also played a role in their mathematical abilities. The findings suggest that hundreds and possibly thousands of subtle DNA changes in genes combine to help shape a child's performance in both reading and mathematics.