For almost 20 years, international scientists have been focussing research to find a genetic link that could cause depression following the widely known evidence that the disease is hereditary.
A scientific collaboration in the UK has analyzed vast amounts of data to identify which locations on the genome could be associated with an increased risk of depression.
We know that there are at least 44 genes, out of the 20,000 genes comprising the human genome, which contribute to the transmission of risk for depression from one generation to the next.
This genetic understanding would enable new treatments to be developed that might one day lead to a cure.
the haploid set of chromosomes in a gamete or microorganism, or in each cell of a multicellular organism.
the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism.
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