Genetic mutations and schizophrenia

Researchers have identified genetic mutations that may cause schizophrenia

From Medical News Today:

Schizophrenia affects around 2.4 million adults in the US. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but past research has suggested that genetics may play a part. Now, investigators from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, have uncovered clues that may build on this concept.

Although the cause of schizophrenia is unknown, researchers have established that the condition is hereditary. Around 1% of the general population have the illness, but it occurs in around 10% of individuals who have a first-degree relative with the condition, such as a parent, brother or sister.

According to the CUMC research team, past studies have focused on searching for individual genes that may contribute to the development of schizophrenia. But they note that new high-throughput DNA sequencing technology is now available, which allows researchers to investigate whether a combination of genes may trigger schizophrenia.

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