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Depression Could Be In Your DNA: Geneticist Ashley Winslow Explains

Neurogeneticist Ashley Winslow discusses a study she co-authored that discovered 15 different points in the human genome that associate with risk for major depressive disorder. 15 discrete regions on the human genome associated with the development of major depressive disorder (MDD).

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how could depression be genetic Lee related because it seems so much, the results, of foot extra no input, and to passion can run and families and, because a terrible, we would expect to see in studies that there is a genetic component but surprisingly today we haven't been able to identify those genetic predisposition until actually, our study came along and by accessing such a huge population within the twenty-three me research database we were able to identify fifteen different points and human she now that associate with that risk for major depress of disorder now on the one hand that's it a great development been on the other hand in genetic, the sort of Mallette killer, nomenclature you know you're still looking into territory the size of Texas right yes it's huge yeah, so how do you go what's the next step so the next step is trying to to pick apart those fifteen different landmarks and the human Geno, one, they don't tell specifically how the diseases cause tweet we really have to kind of dig into that research now so, the the data points to these landmarks at says, you know look over here, there there's something going on in the space, now we need to to identify within those regions the specific me tation surgeon Amick changes that caused disease, we need to than identify the jeans that are involved in that process, and then understand the biology