New Article: A Retrovirus Cause of Schizophrenia?

New research suggests that the cause of schizophrenia may be a retrovirus transmitted 60 million ago that became entwined in human DNA, a dormant virus which may be set off by events like infections, pollution, smoking, and infections around the time of birth, such as influenza (The influenza trigger may help explain the “winter birth” correlation, since influenza tends to occur at that time of year). From the June 2010 issue of Discovery, read the article here. (See all of PsychOdyssey’s posted articles here.)

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