Worldwide study unlocks genetic secrets of grey matter

Worldwide study unlocks genetic secrets of grey matter

Publication date: Mar 20, 2020

A major international collaboration has produced the first genetic map of the cerebral cortex, identifying more than 300 genetic variants that influence the structure of the key brain region.

Dr Grasby said the researchers identified 306 genetic variants that influenced the structure of the cerebral cortex.

-We conducted this study to identify genetic variants that influence brain structure in order to shed light on how our genetics contribute to these differences among us,” Dr Grasby said.

-By analysing brain images and genetic information from such a large group of people, we were able to predict one third of the differences in cortex structure between individuals with genetic variants,” Associate Professor Colodro-Conde said.

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