Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Share Genetic Roots – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Three recent genetic studies have confirmed scientistsí suspicion that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia share common genetic roots.
Insel: The genetic risk for schizophrenia may overlap the genetic risk for bipolar.
Narrator: Dr. Thomas Insel at the National Institute of Mental Health says, the studies implicate an area of the human genome known as chromosome 6.
Insel: In some ways itís like the Bermuda Triangle of the human genome sequence because itís an area with a tremendous amount of variability.
Narrator: Chromosome 6 plays a role in controlling how and when genes turn on and off. For details, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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