Research Highlights about Genetics
- Researchers Map the Genetic Landscape of Schizophrenia in the Brain
In a comprehensive postmortem genetic analysis of the caudate nucleus in the brain, NIMH-supported researchers identified many genes associated with schizophrenia risk, including a gene that regulates the flow of the chemical messenger dopamine.
- Autism and Congenital Heart Disease Share Underlying Molecular Network
A recent study of gene networks may hold some promising clues about shared mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder and congenital heart disease, two physiologically distinct disorders that often co-occur.
- Genomic Data From More Than 41,000 People Shed New Light on Bipolar Disorder
In the largest genome-wide association study of bipolar disorder to date, researchers found about twice as many genetic locations associated with bipolar disorder as reported in previous studies. These and other findings help improve our understanding of the biological origins of bipolar disorder.
- Genetic Variations Highlight the Importance of Metabolic Processes in Anorexia
The need to identify effective targets for intervention in anorexia nervosa is pressing, as patient outcomes are often poor. An NIMH-funded genome-wide association study suggests that metabolic processes may play an important role in the disorder, offering a promising new avenue for investigation.
- Large-Scale Genetics Study Sheds Light on Developmental Origins of Autism
Researchers were able to identify different types of rare genetic variations associated with autism spectrum disorder by analyzing data shared via the NIMH-funded Autism Sequencing Consortium.