Schizophrenia’s Intricacies Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is


Researchers trying to solve the genetic puzzle of schizophrenia have long known that they face a devilishly complex task. Two studies published yesterday (January 22) in Nature now give some insight into the mutations that can trigger the neuropsychiatric disease, at the same time revealing some of the intricacies of its genetics.

“In the beginning of doing this, nobody thought that genetics would lead to anything, that you would ever get genetic data that was meaningful,” coauthor Pamela Sklar of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told Bio-IT World. “It’s clear that we are making progress in understanding the genetics. I think of it as building the foundation.