Can DNA Cause Eating Disorders?
Researchers have their eyes on two gene mutations.
Anorexia and bulimia affect at least 3% of women. Of all psychiatric diseases, they are the most lethal; at least 1 in a thousand women die from anorexia alone.
In two families severely affected by eating disorders, researchers found two genes in both of the families.
The genes interact with the way signals make pathways to the brain. Researchers think the pathway might open up new doors for understanding and treating the disorders.
Researchers are hoping to study the genes in mice, and plan on studying how to modify the genes’ activity.
What do you think of the study’s findings on eating disorders?