Genes, depression and schizophrenia – Naked Genetics 14.04.14

Genes, depression and schizophrenia

Depression (c) Hendrike

Around one in four adults in the UK experiences mental health problems in any year, and mental illness is a major problem for sufferers, their loved ones, and society. It’s becoming clear that genes are involved, but what do we actually know? Plus, artificial chromosomes, autism in the womb, and a toddling little gene of the month.

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  • Telomere chromosome DNA (c) U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program

    13:42 – Artificial chromosome created

    In a major step forward in biological engineering, researchers have created the first ‘designer’ artificial yeast chromosome.

  • MRI autism (c) UC Regents

    15:10 – Autism begins before birth?

    Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in California say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

  • Dnahelix1 (c)

    25:18 – Gene therapy for Huntington’s Disease

    Hi there,
    This year I learned I’m gene positive for HD. I’m relatively young and have a repeat mutation of 42. What is the latest research and realistic hope in terms of genetic therapy as a cure for me?

  • A crying toddler (c) Crimfants on wikimedia commons

    28:13 – Gene of the month – Toddler

    Our gene of the month is Toddler. Officially known as Apela, Toddler is a new addition to the genetic canon and is surprisingly small.

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