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Human Genome Mapping To Encompass Mental Illness
Thursday, April 29, 1999
[Excerpted from Reuters Health. For full text see website below]
Complex genetic variations may contribute a predisposition to mental health
disorders. Current efforts to map the human genome may shed light on the
genetic basis of some of these disorders.
Dr. Steven E. Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health,
told attendees of the Fifth Annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion, in
Madison, that NIH and a consortium of 10 pharmaceutical companies are in the
process of identifying "...well over 300,000 single nucleotide
polymorphisms" that link to human diseases, including some psychiatric
Dr. Hyman told Reuters Health that he believes that the project will help
"...to identify genes that confer vulnerability to psychiatric disorders."
However, "...research shows an accumulated recognition that for each trait
there is no single gene, but many genes working in concert with
environmental factors...Simplistic determinism makes no sense."
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