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New research on the link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

I just saw a href=”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/unlocked-the-secrets-of-schizophrenia-1727987.html”this interesting article/a on Drudge from span style=”font-style:italic;”The Independent/span entitled, “Unlocked: the secrets of schizophrenia:” br /br /blockquoteScientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is expected to open the way to new treatments for two of the most common mental illnesses, affecting millions of people.br /br /Previously doctors had assumed that the two conditions were quite separate. But new research shows for the first time that both have a common genetic basis that leads people to develop one or other of the two illnesses. ….br /br /”Discoveries such as these are crucial for teasing out the biology of the disease and making it possible for us to begin to develop drugs targeting the underlying causes and not just the symptoms of the disease,” said Kari Stefansson, the head of deCode Genetics, the Icelandic company involved in one of the three studies. “One of the reasons this study was so successful is its unprecedented size. Pooling our resources has yielded spectacular results, which is what the participants from three continents hoped for.” /blockquotebr /br /If you or someone you know suffers from either of these illnesses, you will know how difficult and painful they can be. Let’s hope this research leads to better treatment options.