The first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in a black African population, which drew on DNA provided by South Africans of Xhosa descent, has found that people with the disorder are more likely to carry rare but damaging genetic mutations than those who are well.

The research sheds new light on the nature of schizophrenia, and scientists hope the knowledge will ultimately help develop new treatment for people all over the world, not just those of Xhosa descent.  Schizophrenia is a severe and potentially debilitating brain disorder, characterised by hallucinations and confused speech or behaviour. It affects 0.3%-0.7 % of the world’s population...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now