An article in Science Daily reports on a new study that presents strong evidence that schizophrenia is caused by a disruption of the chemical balance in the brain. This study was able to show that schizophrenia mutations in individuals with the disorder tended to disrupt genes involved in specific aspects of brain functioning. Healthy brains require a precise balance between signals that excite and inhibit nerve cell activity in order to function properly. The disease causing effects present in schizophrenia are also thought to be present in other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. In the future researchers hope to be able to predict an individual’s risk of developing schizophrenia and target treatments based on an individual’s genetic makeup. To read this article in its entirety, click here.