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Molecular genetics of affective disorders.

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Department of Psychiatry, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, 808 route de Lennik, B-1070, Brussels, Belgium. poswald@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

Evidence for familial aggregation in Affective Disorders (AD) has been provided in classical studies. Linkage and association genetic studies have been proposed to detect genetic factors implicated in AD. However, findings from molecular genetic studies remain inconclusive. Nevertheless, current research is focusing on the phenotypes, both sub- and endophenotypes. In addition, recent advances in technology, such as microarrays, provide new tools in psychiatric genetics. These different approaches offer a new optimism era in the search of genetic factors in AD.

PMID:
15363609
DOI:
10.1016/j.pnpbp.2004.05.028
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