Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Another gene linked to increased risk of mental illness

A team of researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University have been looking into the links between genetics and schizophrenia. They studied 12,229 people in Shanghai: 5,772 had no mental-health problems, 4,187 had schizophrenia, 1,135 had bipolar disorder and 1,135 had depression. The study found that variations in the BCL9 gene led to a greater risk of schizophrenia and were also associated with bipolar disorder and depression.

Li, Junyan ... [et al] - Common variants in the BCL9 gene conferring risk of schizophrenia Archives of General Psychiatry 2011; 68(3): 232-241

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