Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Genetics and schizophrenia

Genetics is thought to account for around 80% of the risk for schizophrenia but a large number of genes are thought to be involved making it harder to build up a complete picture of the links between genes and the condition. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed DNA data from three studies which included a total of 27,000 people, 8,000 of whom had schizophrenia. The study found that the largest genetic differences between people with and without schizophrenia were on chromosome number six - a chromosome that also contains a number of genes associated with the immune system.

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