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New findings about the human genome bring us closer to schizophrenia treatment

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Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2013 01:24 AM by AlexMuller

An international team of doctors from the University of North Carolina, MIT, Harvard, and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have taken a major step toward pinpointing the genetic causes of schizophrenia. The mental illness affecting some 24 million people worldwide has so far proven incurable, however this latest advance "provides the hitherto strongest clues" to its genetic underpinnings.

 

Studying blood samples from 5,001 schizophrenia sufferers and 6,243 healthy subjects, the researchers identified 22 genetic risk factors for the disease, 13 of which are newly discovered. These are locations in the human genome where some common genetic variations have been associated with the presence of schizophrenia. The new findings are bolstered by an additional meta-analysis of previous studies in the field and outline a path toward potential new therapies.

 

At present, the goals remain modest, looking for treatment methods rather than a cure, however the research will aid advancement toward both the short- and long-term goal. Schizophrenia is not wholly caused by inherited traits, with psychological and social factors also playing important roles, so reaching the ultimate goal of overcoming it will require additional study from all corners of the scientific community.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-27
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This study seems to have a good base with the blood testing covering 5,001 schizophrenia sufferers and 6,243 healthy subjects. I do believe that it will require much more work to be done, but at least there seems to be hope there. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-27
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"The new findings are bolstered by an additional meta-analysis of previous studies in the field and outline a path toward potential new therapies." This is some great news for patients that suffer from schizophrenia. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-07
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Oe2lb6 Thanks again for the blog post.Thanks Again. Really Great. Reply
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Posted: 2013-09-12
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ZL91BH Hey, thanks for the blog post. Fantastic. Reply
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Posted: 2013-09-24
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WU31Cp I really enjoy the blog post.Much thanks again. Cool. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-16
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ikVO52 Really enjoyed this article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-26
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GDiTxw Thanks so much for the article post.Really thank you! Awesome. Reply


 

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