Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Share Genetic Roots – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A recent genome-wide study, published in the journal Nature, has found that both schizophrenia and bipolar disorders show genetic variability in an area of the human genome known as chromosome 6. Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, explains that this overlap in genetic variability explains, in part, why these psychiatric disorders share some common symptoms.
Insel: You do see people who seem to have elements of both. And these kinds of studies, looking at the genetic underpinnings, suggest that yes, you know, that even at the genetic level there may be more overlap than what we’ve thought.
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