Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New genetic link to schizophrenia

Researchers at the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in New York State have identified a genetic variation that increases the risk of developing schizophrenia. The researchers compared the genes of 4,551 people with schizophrenia to 6,391 people without and found that a variation on chromosome 16 - which occurs in roughly around 1 in 5,000 people - increases the risk by more than eight times. Other genetic variations on chromosomes 1, 15 and 22 have also been associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia.

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