Discovery of First Genetic Protective Factor for Schizophrenia

While scientists sift through human DNA to find genes that increase risk for psychiatric illnesses, they occasionally run across something that seems to protect a person from these illnesses. Just this kind of protective effect for schizophrenia has been reported in a study published November 12th in Molecular Psychiatry.

….Future research will have to zero in on which gene or genes in particular, but the new finding holds promise for the development of new ways to treat schizophrenia as well as offers clues about enhancing resilience among those who are generally thought to be at elevated risk of developing the illness.

–Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

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