In a study on DNA from 2 million patients, many genes could be newly linked to depression
269 genes newly linked to depression - brain short science news

In a huge study concerning anonymized data from no less than 2 million patients, 269 genes have been found that could be linked to depression.

. By using advanced statistical methods, the researchers could exclude factors such as aging or income. Interestingly, some of the newly linked genes indicate that depression could be a driving force for the onset of smoking, whereas others had already been associated with neuroticism.

Thus, this study is important for the understanding of the origin of depression, and highlights the personality types that could be at risk of developing the disease.

Read the full story: University of Edinburgh
Scientific publication: Nature Neuroscience

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