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Suregene Receives NIH Grant to Develop Schizophrenia Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Suregene said last week that it has received a $497,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a test for the early detection of schizophrenia.

According to the company, the test focuses on two genetic variations observed in some patients with the mental disorder. The company hopes the test will allow physicians to gauge the risk of a patient developing schizophrenia, as well as help with the development of personalized therapies.

The grant, Suregene said, will also support research into the genetics of bipolar disorder and the development of a second-generation test that incorporates novel genetic biomarkers for schizophrenia susceptibility.

 

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