The American Journal of Psychiatry reports on a first of its kind study of the genetic etiology of postpartum mood disorders. The study uses way too many words that mean very little to me, such as gnome (referring to the genetic and chromosomal properties) and linkage analysis and nucleotide polymorphisms. I’m not even going to pretend that I know what this means.

For those of you with a brain for science, here is their conclusion:

“The results suggest that genetic variations on chromosomes 1q21.3-q32.1 and 9p24.3-p22.3 may increase susceptibility to postpartum mood symptoms.”

Maybe someone can explain it to me?

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