Sunday, September 18, 2011
Increased exonic de nove mutation rate in individuals with schizophrenia
In this new study, scientists used sequencing of individuals with schizophrenia and their parentsin efforts to trace the genetic cause of the disease. They identified 15 de novo mutations associated with the inheritance of the disease. These findings will definitely play a significant role in the diagnosis, prediction, and treatment of the condition, and I expect that it will also play a large role in our society's view of mental illness, in both social settings and judicial systems when deciding on punishment for individuals suffering from the condition. However, as it is a highly complex disease, there are many contributing factors and genes, there is room for further research.