Lawrence S. Norris wrote in the letters section of the Nov. 13, 1995, issue of The Scientist [page 13]: "There has been no gene or loci of genes that define intellect. Until such a set of genes is definitely found, those who try to connect intellect and race with genotypes are racists masquerading as intellectuals."

I am afraid that the author's statement may be sending an unintended wrong signal. What if a set of genes defining intellect (or stupidity) is discovered? Can we then go back to the old ways of racial discrimination? I am sure the author of that letter did not mean this.

It is a simple fact that we are a product of our genes and nurture. People with varying degrees of intelligence come in all races. There is sufficient difference even among siblings, which implies that intelligence knows no race. Let us accept the fact that...

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