Saturday, November 26, 2011

Link Between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Found


A recent study into the genetic imperatives of schizophrenia has found a total of seven locations on the genome that have been linked to the disease. A previous study into Bipolar disorder revealed a finding of four genes linked to the ailment. Interestingly enough, three of these genes crossover and are some of the same ones found on schizophrenia, thereby confirming the link between the two disorders. Researchers previously had already suggested that the two disorders were linked, but never had any definitive proof. Due to the complexity of the diseases, it was difficult to dissociate the different genes complexes and environmental factors involved. These studies have allowed scientists to identify a whole host of genetic risk factors associated with the two disorders. Furthermore, by knowing exactly which genes trigger which psychosis, researchers can now develop more effective drugs to target those specific areas. (Article Link)

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