Nurture or nature? Scientists say depression is in the genes

A study carried out by Pfizer pharmaceuticals, scoured the genomes of 450,000 people in order to uncover 17 genes associated with significantly increased risk for developing depression.

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WASHINGTON, August 3, 2016 – The World Health Organization reports that “Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life.
Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.”

In a medical first, scientists believe they have found several genes thought to be associated with severe depression. The study, carried out by Pfizer pharmaceuticals, scoured the genomes of 450,000 people in order to uncover 17 genes associated with significantly increased risk for developing depression. This finding not only gives researchers a better idea of the…


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