Genetic markers for PTSD linked to immune system response, study says

March 11, 2015 12:50 PM

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Genetic markers for PTSD linked to immune system response, study says

Researchers have identified genetic markers associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are linked with regulating the immune system, Medical News Today reported. This finding may lead to the ability to identify individuals at risk of PTSD.

In a study of 188 U.S. Marines, researchers took blood samples before and after individuals were deployed to conflict zones. They identified groups of genes that regulate the innate immune system— the body’s first line of defense against pathogens— and interferon signaling— the release of signaling...

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