Scientists find 80 genes associated with schizophrenia

Scientists have found the location for more than 100 genes associated with schizophrenia in a major research breakthrough that could "open a window" to finding new treatments for the disease. Eighty-three new genes associated with schizophrenia have been identified in a wide-ranging study.

Scientist locate 80 new genes associated with schizophrenia. Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

A total of 108 loci - locations on genes - were discovered in the research undertaken by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, a group of more than 80 institutions. Samples from more than 150,000 people, almost 37,000 of whom had been diagnosed with the disease, were examined and the new locations were found showing a difference in the DNA sequence between those with the illness and those without.