January 07, 2005

Another Gene linked to Schizophrenia

A news report out of India states that another gene(that when changed, or damaged) has been linked to Schizophrenia.

Director of IGIB, Prof Samir K Brahmachari, who is at present attending the 92nd Indian Science Congress in the city said, ‘‘A consortium of scientists currenlty working on identifying and mapping of genes associated with diseases (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism or SNP) prevalent in India has succeded in identifying ‘cynaptogyrin’, a gene responsible for schizophrenia.’’

‘‘Scientists during their study found that change in the structure of the gene was responsible for causing the brain disorder,’’ said professor Parth Majumdar, head of genetics centre at ISI (Indian Statistical Institute), Kolkata.

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