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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mental Illness: It's Not in Your Genes

by KAS THOMAS
BigThink Blog
Originally posted JULY 21, 2013

Even before the Human Genome Project wrapped up in April 2003, scientists have worked overtime to find the gene or genes responsible for autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD, alcoholism, depression, and other ailments "known" to have major genetic components.

The problem is, many neuropsychiatric ailments that are assumed to have a major genetic component don't seem to have one.

More than a decade after the sequencing of the human genome, there is still no reliable genetic test for autism, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, or any other major neuropsychiatric disorder (except for Huntington's disease, for which there was already a test, prior to the Human Genome Project).

The entire story is here.

Thanks to Lamar Freed for this information.
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