Bipolar study doubles known genes

The largest ever genome-wide study of bipolar has found important new genetic links.
03 May 2019
Presented by Phil Sansom


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Bipolar. It’s one of the major psychiatric disorders, where your mood swings between depression and mania - and it affects around one in forty people worldwide. We know that it’s genetically inherited, but we don’t know much about how. Well this week an international study with a huge sample size is answering that question. It’s by a group called the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, and they’ve found dozens of new genes that are associated with bipolar, as well as some key links with other conditions, like major depression and schizophrenia. I’m Phil Sansom and I caught up with the paper’s lead author Eli Stahl ...


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