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First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems

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Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/Science Photo Library By Jessica Hamzelou A RANGE of mental health conditions seem to have overlapping effects on the brain. Analysing the gene activity behind this is helping us understand what causes schizophrenia and other disorders. Unlike cancer or heart disease, say, for which underlying biological causes have been identified, psychiatric disorders and some developmental conditions are defined by behavioural symptoms. We know that people born with certain gene variants can be more likely to develop schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism-like behaviour,