March 28, 2008

UW study finds surprising genetic causes of schizophrenia

As if the science of how genetics leads to disease isn't already complex enough, researchers in Seattle and Long Island, N.Y., say individuals appear to develop schizophrenia from a varying smorgasbord of bad genes rather than common genetic flaws.

Scientists at the University of Washington and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory report in Friday's edition of the magazine Science that multiple errors or deletions in a person's genetic code, or DNA, can lead to schizophrenia -- a psychiatric illness characterized by delusions and disordered thinking that today affects one of every 100 people.

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