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The evolution of mental health disorders

Written by Abigail Sawyer (Senior Editor)

Mental health disorders can be debilitating and agonising, and they are becoming ever more prominent factors of human health. Scientists are now just beginning to unravel how these disorders could have been the trade-off for rapid and impressive human evolution. In recent years, scientists have been looking to the genetic underpinnings of mental health disorders in order to discover more about their origins and development. As mental health disorders can involve potentially thousands of different genes and DNA mutations, the advent of human genome databases is the driving factor enabling more of this kind of research. Among this research are...

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