What evidence is there that schizophrenia has a genetic basis?
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1. What evidence is there that schizophrenia has a genetic basis?
There is a general consensus that there is a strong genetic component to schizophrenia. This is based on empirical evidence such as:
- There is a schizophrenia gene(s): Those who have immediate relatives with a history of schizophrenia or other psychiatric diseases (for example, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, etc) have a significantly increased risk for developing schizophrenia over that of the general population.
- Genes interact with triggers in the environment: Twin studies have shown that simple genetic transmission is far from the whole story - if one identical twin has schizophrenia, the risk for the other twin (who has the ...
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