08 August 2011

Afrikaner schizophrenia gene analysed

New gene mutations are found in patients, but not their parents, researchers say.

More than half the cases of non-hereditary – or sporadic – schizophrenia are caused by new protein-altering gene mutations, researchers have found.

The researchers identified 40 mutations, all in different genes and most of them protein-altering that were associated with sporadic schizophrenia.


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