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Crowd-Sourced Genetic Data Shows Depression Is a Brain Disease

August 3, 2016

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Customers of 23andMe, a genetic testing service, contributed their data to a large-scale study of depression, allowing the study to succeed where earlier, smaller, and more conventional studies failed. The new study uncovered 17 genetic variations linked to depression at 15 genomic locations. In doing so, the new study has not only demonstrated the value of crowdsourced data, it has also established that depression is a brain disease with its own biology.

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