The European Union is betting €7.3 million ($8.7 million) that a unique animal-human study will be able to identify new drug targets for depression, and pinpoint polymorphisms that contribute to the disease.

“At the end of it, we will have genes that we will expect will predict response to treatment,” said Bill Deakin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester in the UK who coordinates the study, called Newmood.

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