Rare gene glitch may hold clues for schizophrenia – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A genetic mutation, which has been found in a very small percentage of people, could help to improve treatment for schizophrenia. Dr. Jonathan Sebat at the University of California San Diego says the mutation involves the VIPR2 gene.
Sebat: Genetic tests for mutations in VIPR2 could help to identify people at risk for schizophrenia, and it could help to identify patients with schizophrenia that were most likely to benefit from a treatment that targets this gene.
Narrator: In addition to genetic screening of patients for personalized medicine, Dr. Sebat sees opportunities in the new findings for neuroimaging studies. For more information on the study and schizophrenia, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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