Sunday, January 15, 2006

Gene linked to bipolar disorder


SYDNEY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- "Australian researchers found those with a gene linked to being bipolar, or manic-depressive, are twice as likely to develop the disease.

Scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and University of New South Wales, have discovered the first risk gene specifically for bipolar disorder.

"We are the first group in the world to take a multi-faceted approach to identify a bipolar risk gene -- we used a number of families, unrelated patients, and therapeutic drug mouse models. Each of these three lines of investigation led us to a gene called FAT," said lead author Dr. Ian Blair."