Researchers link schizophrenia to "jumping genes"

01/2/2014 |

Retrotransposons, "jumping genes" that copy themselves throughout the genome, might be tied to schizophrenia, according to a study published in Neuron. Jumping genes may raise the risk of schizophrenia by changing how neurons form during brain development, according to neurobiologist Tadafumi Kato of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, the study's co-author.

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