Gene linked to anxious behavior in mice

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 10:49 in Biology & Nature

Mice and men are different in many ways, of course, especially when it comes to the psychological. But new research linking a gene in mice to anxious behavior raises the prospect that we get some anxiety disorders from a piece of DNA we share with the little mammals. The gene, Lynx2, alters neurotransmission in parts of the mouse brain associated with anxiety. The same parts are associated with anxiety in humans.

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