Author(s): Burmeister M
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Abstract Most diseases run in families--this is also true of virtually all psychiatric disorders. Twin and adoption studies have shown that most psychiatric disorders have a genetic component, yet very few genetic factors are known, as is true for most disorders with a complex genetic origin. Here I review, for nongeneticists, some of the basic terminology and concepts used when studying complex genetic diseases, with examples from psychiatric genetics. This review is intended to help in the understanding and critical evaluation of reports on genetics of psychiatric illnesses in the literature.
This article was published in Biol Psychiatry
and referenced in Biology and Medicine