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The Close Genome and Neuroscience

Actress Glenn Close says her genome shows that she is "fabulous, sexy, and divinely complex," according to the New Scientist. Close had her genome sequenced earlier this year in part to help determine the genetic causes of mental disease, as mental illnesses run in her family. At the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, she spoke about her genome as well as the need to remove the stigma from mental illness at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Close also recently founded a not-for-profit organization, called BringChange2Mind, with the aim of ending that stigma. Her sister and nephew also took to the stage to describe their experiences with bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, respectively. "You're saving lives. Thank you," Close said to the crowd at the conference, according to Nature's The Great Beyond.