Monday, March 14, 2016

'Schizophrenia Gene' Discovery Sheds Light on Possible Cause!

Schizophrenia is a sever mental illness that affects a person's daily lifestyle. There are many different forms of schizophrenia and there are different categories that it can fall into. There are positive, negative, and cognitive categories. Each having it's own severeness in a way a person can handle every day life.

Researchers have recently conducted studies in both humans and mice and has called the new schizophrenia gene C4. They have said that it appears to be involved in breaking down neurons, which is called synaptic pruning. The researchers realized that it might be possible that inappropriate pruning of neural connections could lead to the development of schizophrenia. They found that this could be the reason why teens are often first to develop symptoms of schizophrenia.

Further research is needed for the scientists to make sure that their findings are correct, but if the theory holds true, then this would be one of the first times that researches have linked schizophrenia to certain genes.

Beth Stevens, a neuroscientist who worked on the new study, said  "We're far from having a treatment based on this, but it's exciting to think that one day, we might be able to turn down the pruning process in some individuals and decrease their risk"

1 comment:

  1. This article is incredible. As someone knowledgeable in schizophrenia from studying psychology, and from having family members, I am aware of the disparities in medication. Being able to use genetic therapy in the future would be a phenomenal advance.