The reasons for the development of schizophrenia is still poorly understood. Scientific team from Cardiff University found genetic mutations associated with the development of this disease. Scientists believe that the study of DNA will help you better understand the mechanisms of pathology, writes the journal Nature.
In the study, British researchers analyzed a specific region of DNA in 623 patients with schizophrenia and their parents. Were newly detected mutations present in schizophrenics and are not present in their parents.
Scientists have shown that these mutations trigger the development of schizophrenia. They can disrupt the structure of the human brain, destroying communication between neurons. In the end suffer from the memory, brain development, learning and cognitive abilities.
The data obtained confirm the communication theory of schizophrenia with genetic mutations. Further study of DNA will help you find the specific genetic areas that are responsible for disease development. In the future, the researchers note, possible early detection and prevention of the development of schizophrenia.