Schizophrenia-linked Gene Keeps New Adult Brain Cells Under Control
- 6. 9 2007 (06:00)
A gene with reported links to schizophrenia and other mood disorders plays a broader role in the brain than scientists had previously suspected. The study reveals that the gene, known as Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1, directs the incorporation of new neurons into the adult brain and keeps the process under control. The gene's newly discovered roles might help to explain why schizophrenia's symptoms generally arise in adolescence or early adulthood, the researchers suggested.