Researching Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder

Posted on by Annette Vasulka

A DNA testing company hopes to discover exactly how genetics affect visual perception and attention for people diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. They are recruiting 15,000 people with major depressive disorder and 10,000 people with major depressive disorder to be included in the study. Eventually the company, 23andMe, along with a drug developer and a medical research non-profit, intend to identify common biology behind these two disorders. 


This comes after "23andMe caused a big splash in 2016 when its study of more than 450,000 customers found a number of genetic clues linked to depression. For a long time, it wasn't clear that it had a genetic component, said the company's vice president of business development Emily Drabant Conley."

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