Thursday, July 02, 2009

Studies: Small changes in genetic code tied to schizophrenia

New research published in Nature suggests that genes affecting the immune system may be linked to schizophrenia. Above, an illustration of the DNA double helix.

Small genetic changes in brain development, memory and the immune system may trigger schizophrenia, according to three new studies published in the journal Nature. Similar genetic changes have also been tied to depression and bipolar disorder, says Dr. Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. National Public Radio

1 comment:

Mr. Dugong said...

I always find stories like these lacking in detail but it's only because my background is in molecular biology.

That's something I always found interesting is that the general public has a very poor grasp of genetics so reading articles like these may spark public interest, but investigating the article is impossible since most people can't understand the scientific content.

It's one of the impasses of scientific progress, the inability to recruit public oversight.

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