Genes, depression and schizophrenia
Around one in four adults in the UK experiences mental health problems in any year, and mental illness is a major problem for sufferers, their loved ones, and society. It’s becoming clear that genes are involved, but what do we actually know? Plus, artificial chromosomes, autism in the womb, and a toddling little gene of the month.
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Professor Cathryn Lewis is searching for genes involved in depression.
Schizophrenia affects around one in 100 people. Professor Mike Owen explains what we know about the genes involved.
In a major step forward in biological engineering, researchers have created the first ‘designer’ artificial yeast chromosome.
Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in California say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.
Researchers have made a step forward in understanding the gene fault lying behind a rare balding condition.
Professor Jonathan Flint has some fascinating early results from his team’s hunt for genes involved in major depression.
This year I learned I'm gene positive for HD. I'm relatively young and have a repeat mutation of 42. What is the latest research and realistic hope in terms of genetic therapy as a cure for me?
Our gene of the month is Toddler. Officially known as Apela, Toddler is a new addition to the genetic canon and is surprisingly small.