Before Or After Birth, Gene Linked To Mental Health Has Different Effects, Johns Hopkins University Study  
1/5/2010 7:24:26 AM

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EurekAlert! -- Scientists have long eyed mutations in a gene known as DISC1 as a possible contributor to schizophrenia and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Now, new research led by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that perturbing this gene during prenatal periods, postnatal periods or both may have different effects in mice, leading to separate types of brain alterations and behaviors with resemblance to schizophrenia or mood disorders.