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By combining genome-wide association study results with single-cell transcriptomic data from the entire mouse nervous system, a team led by scientists from the Karolinska Institute identify the cell types underlying brain complex traits and uncover new details about the causes of Parkinson's disease. Among the findings, which appear in Nature Genetics, is an association of psychiatric disorders with projecting excitatory and inhibitory neurons.

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