208 genomic variants contribute to schizophrenia

An analysis of 79,196 individual within European and East Asian populations have found 208 genomic variants connected to schizophrenia, including 53 novel loci (points in the human genome).

Primary aim of the study was to assess genetic of schizophrenia in individuals of East Asian descent. Results showed consistency with European studies.

Out of new detected variants, CACNA2D2 gene was associated with schizophrenia, in addition to previously known role in childhood epilepsy.

More: “Comparative genetic architectures of schizophrenia in East Asian and European populations”, M. Lam et al., 2018, doi:10.1101/445874.
Statistics: https://personal.broadinstitute.org/hhuang/PGC_SCZ_EAS/.