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By analyzing the genomes of an ancestral African population with an unusually high incidence of schizophrenia, scientists from the University of Washington and their collaborators have identified genetic mutations that are more likely to be found in those with the disorder than healthy individuals. The team, which reports their findings in Science, analyzed DNA from around 1,800 South African Xhosas, about half of whom have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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