Toronto: Scientists have stumbled upon unusual genetic configurations that explain why more schizophrenic patients tend to have them than normal people.
"The occurrence of de novo mutations, as observed in this study, may in part explain the high worldwide incidence of schizophrenia," says Rouleau, according to a Montreal statement."Because the mutations are located in many different genes, we can now start to establish genetic networks that would define how these gene mutations predispose to schizophrenia," adds Simon Girard, the student who performed key experiments on this discovery."Most of the genes identified in this study have not been previously linked to schizophrenia, thereby providing new potential therapeutic targets," says Girard.IANS
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