Genetics

Boon or Bane? Commercial Tests for Mental Illnesses

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The recent decoding of the human genome has lead to advances in determining genetic risk profiles for particular illnesses. The best known and scientifically credible discovery is the link between the BRCA genes and the development of breast cancer. Now there are three companies offering genetic tests to determine one's vulnerability to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia [...]

Prone to Anxiety? New Gene Research Says “Yes”

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The evidence keeps building for physical causes for Anxiety Disorders. The Met158 gene variation has been found to cause an exaggerated "startle" response among people prone to develop Anxiety Disorders. Inborn differences may help explain why trauma gives some people bad memories and others the nightmare of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Scientists in Germany and [...]

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