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A critical overview of recent investigations into the genetics of schizophrenia

DeLisi, Lynn E.

Current Opinion in Psychiatry: January 1999 - Volume 12 - Issue 1 - p 29-39
Review Article

It has long been known that a genetic predisposition exists for schizophrenia, but the mechanism for inheritance and what is inherited remains elusive. Several advances have been made recently in the fields of molecular genetics and psychiatric genetics, as well as politically, which lends optimism to the hope that one or more responsible genes may soon be identified. These will hopefully revolutionize the treatment of this debilitating disorder and lead to preventive measures for those genetically at risk.

Correspondence to Lyn DeLisi, Department of Psychiatry, Health Sciences Center, T-10, State University of New York - Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794, USA Tel: +1 516 444 1612; fax: +1 516 444 7536; e-mail:

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.