Permanent Link: Could a ‘bipolar gene’ come to help like the ‘breast cancer gene’?
Posted Mar 25 2009 12:00am
DISC1 gene (short for Disrupted in Schizophrenia) has already been recognized as the set of proteins that plays a role in the development of mental disorders, though more for bipolar disorder than schizophrenia. A recent study from the University of Edinburgh indicates that the DISC1 proteins may indicate how some patients respond to certain medication. The results, which were published Public Library of Science One, suggest that it may become possible to develop specific, effective drug treatment for people whose main cause of their respective mental illness is the DISC1. This news reminded me a bit about how BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene in women could determine the course of treatment one should take regarding breast cancer.
The BRCA gene was on my mind mostly because Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)was talking about the BRCA gene and how that changed her own treatment options once she knew that she had the gene. By the way, this week Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced a bill called the EARLY Act , which “will teach both young women and medical professionals alike about risk factors, warning signs of breast cancer and predictive tools such as genetic testing that can help women make informed decisions about their health.” (A little side note: Rep. Wasserman Schultz is the one with blonde, curly hair who is so articulate and effective in delivering her points when she goes on TV shows and debates. She just blows me away with that amazing combination of sharp intellect and toughness.)
Could it be that a simple blood test could come to help guide the course of treatment that I may have as someone with a mental illness?