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Study: Researchers say they are able to pinpoint genetic roots of schizophrenia


(CNN) – After analyzing the DNA of 150,000 people, scientists say they can pinpoint the roots of schizophrenia.

Researchers say they have linked mental illness to 108 spots on a person’s DNA.

Schizophrenia affects 1 percent of the population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

However, those with a first-degree relative with the disease are 10 times as likely to be diagnosed with it.

Experts say the study linked schizophrenia with neural brain function and the immune system.

Researchers told CNN that while there is an association, they cannot use it as a diagnostic tool just yet.

The study has been published in the journal Nature.