Study Uncovers Clues to Genes Affecting Depression Risks

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In a remarkable finding towards the study of depression, a scan of human DNA has revealed more than a dozen genes that are linked to the disorder.

Experts are saying that the results of this study illustrate that the study’s approach may actually aid in revealing clues to the biology of depression.

The study was conducted by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and genetics testing company 23andMe, Inc. and published by the journal Nature Genetics.

Historically, depression was fairly resistant to the approach of using DNA scans for finding genes that could impact this disease.

What is remarkable is that researchers were able to find two points within human DNA that apparently harboured genes affecting the risks of depression in a Han Chinese population.

That being said, there was no evidence of this connection within native European populations.

The work of Ashley Winslow, an author of a paper on the work, as well as other experts, have identified 15 areas of the human DNA referred to as the “genome” that revealed signs of genes increasing risks of depression with human beings.

Statistics by the World Health Organization show that approximately 350 million people globally are affected by depression.