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Previous research seeking an association between individual genes and schizophrenia has yielded disappointing results. However, new research indicates that schizophrenia is a group of eight genetically distinct disorders rather than a single disease, which could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of the psychiatric illness.

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Schizophrenia Comprises Multiple Genetically Distinct Disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.

The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis was reported online Sept. 15 in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

About 80% of the risk for schizophrenia is known to be inherited, but scientists have struggled to identify specific genes for the condition. A novel approach analyzing genetic influences on more than 4,000 people with schizophrenia has enabled the research team to identify distinct gene clusters that contribute to eight different classes of schizophrenia.

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