New Findings in Schizophrenia Research

Schizophrenia is more common in individuals born in the wintertime. This lead scientists to suspect that it was caused by a virus. A person's immune system is not as strong in cold weather, and therefore a winter newborn is more susceptible to infections.

The hypothesis of a viral cause of schizophrenia seemed to be bolstered by findings that the strongest genetic markers that predict schizophrenia code for proteins in the immune system.

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