Friday, November 27, 2009

New gene linked to mental health

Researchers at Edinburgh University have been looking into the links between genetics and mental illness in a study of 4,000 people, half of whom were psychiatric patients. They found that a gene called ABCA13 was partially inactive in people with severe mental-health problems such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers think that the gene may influence the way fat molecules are used in brain cells and the research will now focus on how exactly this happens.

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