Found! 30,000 Crazy Genes Scientists Cough Claim

According to a Reuters London report scientists have found that more than 30,000 genes underlie schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The scientists doing this research of genetic patterns have been working together in the International Schizophrenia Consortium.

I’m thinking wait until the American Psychiatric Association gets wind of this. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM IV) has 297 disorders listed and the DSM is expanding with every new edition. 30,000 genes and you could have thousands and thousands of variations in Disorders, couldn’t you?

Think of the potential for drug manufacturers, too. In the future I see a time when they will be able to design a drug to suit an individual combination of genes. Designing drugs to suit the consumer could up the price the tax payers put into the public insurance companies to pay for these things, too, and therefore increase the profit margin for drug companies.

This is supposed to show how complex these diseases are, but I get the idea it kind of shows how dense these researchers are. You’re searching for that gene, right. When it becomes a combination of some 30,000 genes some kind of convoluted thinking is not going on here, is it? Are you sure?

Previous scientific studies have already identified a genetic basis to schizophrenia and suggested that rather than one crucial gene being responsible for the disorder, a large number of genes and genetic combinations could cause it.

Uh huh. We’ve proved a genetic base to schizophrenia, but no, not because we found any schizophrenia gene, we found the 30,000 of them. There, that’s not at all far fetched, is it?

Umm. What’s on the scientific palette for today?

3 study groups of multinational researchers analyzed the genes of 10,000 schizophrenics, and 20,000 people without schizophrenia, and found 30,000 gene combinations linked with the ‘disease’.

What I want to know is how many folks with schizophrenia were only pretending to have schizophrenia, and how many folks without schizophrenia were only pretending not to have schizophrenia?

The scientists stressed that although the large scale of the combined studies meant their results were robust as building blocks, they could not be used yet to predict an individual’s risk of developing the disease.

“We are far away from being able to tell a family: ‘Your child will develop schizophrenia’ or not,” said Pablo Gejman of North Shore University Health System Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois, who worked on one study.

Ahha! So there’s still room for improvement!

1 in 100 people are afflicted with schizophrenia the researchers say.

Interestingly enough, scientists have found the same genes linked to schizophrenia are connected to the development of bipolar disorder. I guess this let’s people off the hook with the good non-diseased genes. We certainly wouldn’t want them implicated, would we?

Not to get overly excited, and give some psychiatrist an excuse to saddle you with a genetic disorder, science is all about the replication of results. We will have to see if in the future these results hold up. This is especially true when you factor in more than 30,000 chances for error.