Hidden DNA Sequences Tied to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Risk

Hidden DNA Sequences Tied to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Risk

Repeated, human-specific DNA sequences are tied to an increased risk of psychiatric disorders, a Stanford study finds. It might be possible to treat the diseases with existing drugs. A series of repeated DNA sequences unique to humans may be linked to the development of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Medicine. The finding suggests that the rapid evolutionary changes that led to the extraordinary complexity of the human brain may have predisposed our species to psychiatric diseases not found in other animals. It also outlines a possible way to one day identify people...

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