Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gene Deletion Linked to Mental Illness, Obesity | Psych Central News

 Researchers have pinpointed a small region in the genome — the entirety of human hereditary information — as a vital factor in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is a nervous system growth factor that plays a critical role in brain development.  To determine the role of BDNF in humans, McGill researchers screened over 35,000 people referred for genetic screening at clinics, as well as over 30,000 control subjects in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Gene Deletion Linked to Mental Illness, Obesity | Psych Central News

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