Genetics Research on Schizophrenia Offers New Possibilities

Recent work done by a group of Hopkins researchers has shed new light on the factors contributing to the development of schizophrenia in individuals.

The findings, published in Cell, highlight the connections between schizophrenia and the combination of both genetic and environmental risk factors that can increase the chances of developing this disorder.

According to the study, a newborn can either carry defects in schizophrenia-risk genes or be subjected to environmental stress soon after birth, but still have the same chances to grow and develop normally as do a newborn without such difficulties. However, when defective genes and stress both occur together, the chances of schizophrenia development rise by nearly 140 percent.

by Erick Sun

John Hopkins News-Letter

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