Crowdsourced Study Pinpoints Depression Genes

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The data came from personal genomics company 23andMe.

Depression affects some 350 million people worldwide, costing billions in health care expenses and decreased work productivity, yet the illness is poorly understood on a biological level. But we’re getting closer. Scientists have pinpointed 15 regions in DNA associated with depression. The study, published in August in Nature Genetics, analyzed the genetic variations of 75,607 individuals who reported having depression, and 231,747 healthy controls. It found that genes associated with d…

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