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A new study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center identifies affected gene networks and provides insight into the molecular causes of autism and schizophrenia.


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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 6:44:06 PM PST
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"Our study demonstrates that through network-based analyses of rare de novo mutations, it is possible to implicate relevant molecular processes. Applying similar methods to larger cohorts of patients, we should be able to delineate all of the pathways and molecular processes underlying complex psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia."

"If we hadn't known that these were two different diseases, and had put all the mutations into a single analysis, it would have come up with very similar networks.... It shows how closely the autism and schizophrenia genetic networks are intertwined."

The study provides insight into the molecular causes of schizophrenia. It also suggests that mutations associated with schizophrenia, autism, and probably many other psychiatric disorders, are likely to converge on a set of interrelated molecular processes.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121111153933.htm
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