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Research uncovers genetic clues to a multitude of brain disorders

Posted on January 31st 2011 in News with Comments Off on Research uncovers genetic clues to a multitude of brain disorders

New research has revealed the genetic origins of 133 brain disorders, paving the way for new ways of diagnosis and treatment for some of the most common debilitating diseases. The findings come as part of a pioneering study into the genetic and chemical makeup of synapses, the parts of neurons that connect neighbouring cells together. The scientists identified 1,461 proteins that make up the post-synaptic density (PSD) – an area that regulates the flow of information recieved from other nerve cells. Mutations in 199 of these proteins were found to be responsible for a variety of neurological and psychiatric diseases…

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