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They reveal that schizophrenia is a series of eight genetic disorders

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The researchers identified 42 groups of genetic variations that increase the risk of schizophrenia.

Contrary to what was previously thought, schizophrenia is not a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms, according to new research.

Experts hope the finding is a first step toward better diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness.

It is known that 80% of the risk of suffering from schizophrenia is inherited, but scientists have not been able to identify the specific genes for this condition.

In the latest research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, which analyzed the genetic influences of 4,000 people with schizophrenia, scientists identified distinct genes that contribute to eight different classes of the condition.