Roots of five medical conditions shown in map of the developing brain

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A scanning electron micrograph of neurons in the corpus striatum portion of the embryonic brain

A scanning electron micrograph of neurons in the corpus striatum portion of the embryonic brain

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The most detailed genetic map to date of the developing brain reveals networks that may influence our risk of developing five conditions, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. With further research, this could help scientists develop interventions that target these genetic pathways.

Various research groups have previously studied relatively small numbers of brain samples to investigate how gene activity in the embryonic or fetal brain might affect a person’s risk of certain conditions later.

Now, …

Article amended on 12 April 2023

This article has been changed to correct the university where Wayne and his colleagues studied.

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