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The link between depression and genes has been indirectly disproved.
- April 8, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Depression is a fairly common and widely discussed topic in scientific circles – especially in the circles of specialists in evolutionary biology and genetics, who have been trying to tie a depressive state to certain genes in our genome for a decade, thus confirming its hereditary character. However, a new study straight from the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA, conducted under the guidance of Matthew Keller, an experienced professor of behaviourism and genetics, showed that all previous research projects that linked depression to genetics actually gave what is called “positive false results.”
The fact is that specialists in the next round of research focused on the study and analysis of the 18 most likely candidate genes for the expression of depression in people of very different ages – according to the results of previous studies. After the preliminary stage of the study, they found that the 18 candidates were practically indistinguishable from any other random genes, which were also taken to establish their relationship with the onset and development of a systematic depression.
Thus, the preliminary results of a genetic study showed that most of the previous studies and experiments to detect such genes are not completely correct, or even completely incorrect – scientists have indicated that most likely depression is not a dependency of gene chemistry, but with this suggests that despite the results of their current analysis and research, they are not yet ready to fully argue that depression cannot be inherited.
Most likely, other genes play a role in this context, as well as other gene transformation processes of genes — and therefore further research is simply necessary so that scientists can determine in detail how previous studies in this regard are erroneous. In addition, depression of a systematic type, even in practical psychiatry of its modern iteration, is often regarded as a physiological ailment.