London: Researchers claim to have identified a gene that may double the risk of schizophrenia after being damaged. This is one of the first times that researchers have uncovered genetic evidence for the underlying causes of schizophrenia, researchers said. The team found that a disruption of the gene TOP3B, an exceedingly rare occurrence in most parts of the world, is fairly common in a uniquely genetically distinct founder population from North-eastern Finland. In this population, which has grown in relative isolation for several centuries, the disruption of TOP3B is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia as well as with impairment in intellectual function and learning.
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