Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DNA decoded: Depression is hereditary

 LONDON: Scientists say they have discovered the first solid evidence that variations in some peoples' genes may cause depression - one of the world's most common and costly mental illnesses. 

In a rare occurrence in genetic research, a Britishled international team's finding of a DNA region linked to depression has been replicated by another team from the US who were studying a separate group of people. 

The researchers said they hoped the findings would bring scientists closer to developing more effective treatments for depression . "These findings will help us track down specific genes that are altered in people with this disease," said Gerome Breen of King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry , who led one of the studies.

 

Source: Times of India

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