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NEW YORK – A team led by researchers in the Netherlands has uncovered four dozen genetic loci that influence the size of various brain structures.

The researchers, led by Erasmus University Medical Center's Arfan Ikram, conducted a genome-wide association study of the volume of seven subcortical brain structures. These structures —including the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, and brainstem — are involved in key brain functions and have been implicated in cognitive, psychiatric, and movement disorders.

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