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The genetics of schizophrenia is the genetics of neurodevelopment.

P Jones, RM Murray

Br J Psychiatry | Published : 1991


Genes are now accepted as being important in the aetiology of schizophrenia (Gottesman & Shields, 1982; McGuffinet al,1987), and over the past decade the emphasis in genetic research has shifted away from genetic epidemiology to searching the chromosomal DNA for the genes themselves. Despite this increasing technical sophistication, the application of linkage analysis to families multiply affected by schizophrenia has been accompanied by the familiar controversy over the exact borders of the adult clinical phenotype (Sherringtonet al,1988; St Clairet al,1989). Indeed, the preoccupation of researchers with the vagaries of the clinical definition has resulted in repeated attempts to use geneti..

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