Scientists Closer to Identifying Bipolar Risk Genes

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) combined the findings of brain imaging, cognitive testing, and a variety of temperament and behavior tests to identify approximately 50 brain and behavioral measures that have both a strong genetic influence and a link to bipolar disorder. Of particular interest was the discovery that the thickness of gray matter in the brain’s temporal and prefrontal regions looked the most promising for potential genetic mapping, based on both its strong genetic basis and its link to bipolar. Next, the researchers hope to use the genomic data they collected from families to identify the specific genes that contribute to risk for bipolar disorder.

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