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Gene Discovery May Offer New Clues About Schizophrenia

A research team from Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School has identified an immune-system gene that is associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia, according to a study published yesterday in Nature.The gene, known as complement component 4(C4), acts as part of a system that destroys foreign invaders such as bacteria and removes the resulting debris from cells. The complement system also works to remove excess connections between nerve cells as the brain matures.“Normally, pruning gets rid of excess connections we no longer need, streamlining our brain for optimal performance,...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 28 January, 2016

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