Researchers, genetics, and schizophrenia

You have to read this stuff in order to believe it. Here’s an article in the Science News section of, Genetics of schizophrenia studied, you just won’t believe.

Just like snowflakes, no two people are alike even if they’re identical twins, Canadian genetics researchers studying the roots of schizophrenia said.

Talk about your weird conclusions, if the researchers weren’t geneticists, I think maybe they could have discerned that there were more major differences between any two snowflakes than there were between any two sets of identical twins. What if, just supposing, schizophrenia wasn’t genetically determined?…

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have been working to determine the genetic sequencing of schizophrenia using identical twins.

They’d have to be researching something else, right?

Now flip a coin.

“We started with the belief that monozygotic (identical) twins are genetically identical, so if one member of identical twins has schizophrenia, then the risk for the other twin should be 100 percent, if it’s all due to genes,” Singh said. “However, studies over the years have shown that the risk of the disease in both twins is only 50 percent.”

Rather than concluding that schizophrenia is not genetic, these researchers have concluded that identical twins aren’t really identical. Go figure.