Scientists find eighty new genes that are connected to schizophrenia


Published Date : Jul 24, 2014

Schizophrenia is a condition, which affects over 24 million people all over the world for many years.

Researchers from around 30 nations have analyzed the genes which are linked to schizophrenia. The research scientists were able to uncover around 80 previously unknown genes, which are able to put people at the risk of developing schizophrenia, according to the prestigious science journal Nature.

The research team said that the world’s largest genetic study of disorders indicates that humans have biological causes, which is putting it on a par with many other medical conditions. The study was led by Cardiff University, and this international group thinks that this research could be a launch pad for many new treatments for these conditions.

Also, charities stated that holistic approaches to disorders must be continued. Many scientists have debated over the relative role of genes in schizophrenia. Currently, a global consortium around 35 nations have examined the genetic structure of more than 37,000 people with this condition, and compared them with other 110,000 people who are free from this condition.

Scientists have found that there are more than 100 genes, which make people more prone to schizophrenia and 83 of these genes have never been considered seriously as the reason behind the condition.

Many of these genes were responsible for the relay of chemical messages in and around the brain, while others were known to be involved with the immune system. According to a professor at the University College London, this study places psychiatry in the category same to that of other parts of medicine.