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Mental illness: Why we need more diverse genetic data and tools

With a better understanding of the genetics of mental illness, clinicians and researchers will be better equipped to develop new treatments that work for everyone. Image: Unsplash/Warren Umoh

Hailiang Huang
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
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mental illness genetic factors data Stanley Global Neuropsychiatric Genetics Initiative partners
The genetic data lack diversity, but so do the tools and techniques scientists use to uncover the genetic factors impacting mental illness. Image: The Conversation
An estimated 1 in 8 people affected by mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
An estimated 1 in 8 people affected by mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Image: Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research

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