Scientists edge closer to identifying bipolar risk genes

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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have taken a major step toward identifying the specific genes that contribute to bipolar disorder.

Rather than just relying on clinical symptoms alone, researchers combined the findings of brain imaging, cognitive testing, and a variety of temperament and behavior tests to identify about 50 brain and behavioral measures that have both a strong genetic influence and a link to bipolar disorder.

“The genetic causes of bipolar disorder are highly complex and likely involve many different genes,” said Carrie Bearden, Ph.D., a senior author of the study and an associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Read the full, original story: Scientists Closer to Identifying Bipolar Risk Genes

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