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November 25, 2013 8:22 pm

Scientists Find Gene That Predisposes Ashkenazi Jews for Schizophrenia

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Scientists discovered a gene that increases the likelihood of getting Schizophrenia among Ashkenazi Jews. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Scientists have discovered a gene prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews that increases the chance of getting schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and manic depression. The gene raises the likelihood of these mental disorders among Ashkenazi Jews by 40 percent and among the general population by 15 percent.

The study was published in Nature Communications and conducted by Professor Ariel Darvasi, assistant dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dr. Todd Lencz from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. Twenty-five thousand Ashkenazi Jews contributed DNA samples for the study, Haaretz reported.

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  • golbek1

    …and we met the source of the religions

  • ted

    Tssss, don’t they call it the “Rich Vos Disease” or sumptin?

  • Rosy

    Thank G-d they have found this gene! Moshiach is truly on the way. Now hopefully more research can be done to prevent these diseases and even find permanent cures. One day maybe they can also add a test for the gene to the Dor Yeshorim premarital genetic screening. I think any of us who have close knowledge of these diseases R”L will welcome the discovery.

  • Steve Marks

    OY va VOY

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