Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

A Rare Form Of Dwarfism May Protect Against Bipolar Disorder

While researchers are on the hunt for exactly which genes are causing illnesses, research is also being done to search out genes that can protect against them.

An article in The Boston Globe’s science section recently reported that researchers have discovered that a rare,¬†genetic form of of dwarfism called Ellis-van Creveld (a form found relatively commonly among the Old Order Amish of Pennsylvania) may actually cause a genetic mutation that¬†prevents bipolar disorder.

Though researchers don’t want to reproduce the exact mutations, they believe it may be possible to explore new forms of treatment through this discovery.

This has been a very short summary, if you are interested in reading more check out the full article in The Boston Globe here!

Advertisements