Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mammal Model Suggests Single Gene Linked to OCD

By Rick Nauert PhD

Researchers have discovered that mice missing a single gene developed repetitive obsessive-compulsive-like behaviors.

The genetically altered mice, which behaved much like people with a certain type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), could help scientists design new therapies for this debilitating condition.

The researchers made the accidental discovery while looking at the role of a gene, called Slitrk5, which they had earlier linked to blood stem cells and vascular cells.." More