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Scientists explain the cause of schizophrenia

Ученые объяснили причину возникновения шизофренииThe development of this mental illness are responsible genetic mutation.

Experts from the University of California (San Diego) was able to find the cause of schizophrenia.

It was found that during the development of this mental illness are very rare genetic mutation.

In the study, experts studied data from more than 41 thousand persons (with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and healthy). They were able to detect several regions of the genome where mutations increase the risk of developing schizophrenia from 4 to 60 times. Most data mutation known as a duplication of DNA sequences and copy number variants. They affect dozens of genes in the body that can lead to the disruption or duplication of one gene, which will lead to changes in the genome, and mental disorders. Scientists managed to find 8 such places, which can be linked with schizophrenia. Most of the violations were found in genes that are involved in the function of synapses.

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Experts believe that in the future they will be able to detect other genomic variations that influence the development of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

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