Wednesday, November 12, 2008

In a Novel Theory of Mental Disorders, Parents’ Genes Are in Competition

Bernard Crespi of Simon Fraser University
A new genetic theory suggests that mental illness may be a product of struggles between the genes you get from your father and the genes you get from your mother.

In short: autism and schizophrenia represent opposite ends of a spectrum that includes most, if not all, psychiatric and developmental brain disorders. The theory has no use for psychiatry’s many separate categories for disorders, and it would give genetic findings an entirely new dimension.


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