Wednesday, May 05, 2010

New gene added to schizophrenia risk factors

Although there is no single 'gene for schizophrenia' some genes are known to raise people's risk. Researchers from the Universite de Montreal have carried out a detailed analysis of a large database of patients and added another gene to the list - SHANK3. The gene has previously been linked to autism and is involved in maintaining the physical structure of nerve cells. Mutations in the gene result in abnormalities in cell shapes - abnormalities that have been observed in some schizophrenia patients.

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