NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In a genome-wide association study, researchers have identified 17 loci linked to different depression-related phenotypes.

Using data from UK Biobank participants, a University of Edinburgh-led team conducted a genome-wide association study of broad depression, likely major depressive disorder, and diagnosed major depressive disorder. In the US in 2016, 10.3 million adults, or about 6.7 percent, were affected by at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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