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July 23, 2003

Blame it on your parents

If you're feeling depressed, you can blame your parents, according to new research. In a "26-year study of the genetic profiles and hardships of 847 New Zealanders, researchers found that people with one version of a specific gene were protected from falling into depression, while those with another variation became depressed twice as often," according to a story called The Anxiety of Depression by Kristen Philipkoski in Wired News. Read her report at,1286,59656,00.html. Though the story does not give details of the study, it is based on an article, "Influence of Life Stress on Depression: Moderation by a Polymorphism in the 5-HTT Gene", that appeared in Science, v. 301, 18 July 2003, p.386. Science is online at Posted by belinda at July 23, 2003 12:30 PM
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