Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Share Genetic Roots – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A recent trio of genome-wide studies have revealed that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share common genetic variants. Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, explains that while the disorders share common genetic roots Ė there is no single gene that can be pinpointed as a cause for these disorders.
Insel: I think the one thing you can say from these three studies is there isnít going to be a smoking gun. And itís only in very rare cases that youíre going to find a large-effect gene thatactually could be considered to be a cause rather than just a risk factor.
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