sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018

Evolution and Schizophrenia - BMC Series blog

Evolution and Schizophrenia - BMC Series blog

Niladri Banerjee

As a PhD candidate in the lab of Prof. Stéphanie Le Hellard at the Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway, Niladri Banerjee’s work is primarily focussed on answering the evolutionary persistence of schizophrenia through the prism of epigenetics using bioinformatics methodologies

Evolution and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder which persists despite its disadvantagous effects. Here, Niladri Banerjee describes work undertaken by himself and colleagues and published in BMC Evolutionary Biology that investigates whether methylated regions that differ between us, Neanderthals and Denisovans are enriched with single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) known to be associated with the disease.
Schizophrenia conjures up many images in one’s mind. Popular culture has depicted characters with the disease in films such as ‘Fight Club’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’. But what is the disease really?

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