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Studies show no smoking guns, or lots of them, in schizophrenia

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Researchers have reported new insights into the genetic and neural mechanisms that underlie schizophrenia, and how the disease is related to other neurodevelopmental disorders at the cellular level. In one sense, the papers are sobering, showing that there are many rare genetic mutations that contribute to schizophrenia. “What was hoped was that there would be a small number of mutations,” Pamela Sklar told BioWorld Today. “What these studies point to is that there are many genes.”

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