July 31, 2007

Gene for Left-Handedness Identified, and Linked to Schizophrenia

Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed. The research team believe carrying the gene may also slightly raise the risk of developing psychotic mental illness such as schizophrenia.

However the researchers said that left-handed people should not be worried by the links between handedness and schizophrenia as there are many factors that are more important in the development of schizophrenia (see below) and the vast majority of left-handed people will never develop a mental illness.

Read the full BBC Story: Gene for left-handedness is found

Related Reading:

Schizophrenia and Left Handedness

To understand in more depth all the factors involved in the development of schizophrenia, we recommend you read these two sections of our web site:

Schizophrenia Causes

Schizophrenia Prevention


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