London: In a discovery that may help developnew ways to treat psychiatric illness, scientists haveidentified a gene responsible for the conditions likedepression and schizophrenia. An international team of researchers found the gene --ABCA13 -- after comparing genes of 2,000 psychiatric patientsto 2,000 healthy people.
He said, "This is an exciting step forward in ourunderstanding of the underlying causes of some common mentalillnesses. These risk genes could signpost new directions fortreatments". The study is the first to identify multiple points of DNAdamage within a single gene that are linked with psychiatricillness, The Telegraph reported. Pickard said that the team believes that ABCA13influences the way fat molecules are used in the brain andthat they are now focused on finding out exactly how thatoccurs. PTI
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