SUMMARY: A genetic variant near genes commonly expressed in the brain may influence the development of depression.
DESCRIPTION: Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It is known to have a strong genetic component. The study also identified a novel genetic variant associated with this condition by examining 155,907 individuals of European ancestry. This variant is intergenic, meaning it is located in the regions in-between genes that do not code for a protein. However, the genes around this variant have been shown to be expressed in the brain areas that may play a role in the development of depression.
DID YOU KNOW? There are ways to try to limit or avoid bouts of depressive moods. In addition to taking medication, avoiding stress, exercising, and having a healthy diet may help manage this condition. [SOURCE]
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DEPRESSION-ASSOCIATED VARIANTS: rs7647854
WEEKLY UPDATE: July 23, 2019