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Human Genome Mapping To Encompass Mental Illness

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      FEAT DAILY ONLINE http://www.feat.org Families for Early
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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]
      http://ipn.intelihealth.com/ipn/ihtIPN?c=220815

      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
      disorders.

      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."

      -Westport Newsroom 203 319
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