Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Role of Genetic and Environmental Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia

Mental Health InfoSource: "No one factor appears to be most significant in the genesis of schizophrenia. This is evident despite the very significant resources that have been expended in the search to understand the patho-etiology of schizophrenia. This may be because there are multiple factors involved; multiple different disorders with varied pathologies present with the schizophrenia phenotype; or a combination of both.

The search to uncover the pathological basis to schizophrenia has, however, provided broad generalizations that have yielded more specific etiological candidates as a result of newer, more powerful methodologies, particularly those resulting from the Human Genome Project.

Interestingly, some of the genetic candidates identified providing explanatory models that may incorporate identified environmental risk factors."