Scientists Discover Six Genetic Links to Anxiety in Largest-Ever Study on Subject

In what they termed the “largest [genome-wide association study] of anxiety traits to date,” a team of scientists from two universities and two veterans healthcare offices have identified six genetic variants linked to the development of anxiety disorders.

To find these genetic markers, researchers examined genetic and health data derived from 200,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces, which was compiled in the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a national research program funded by the government to determine “how genes, lifestyle and military exposures affect health and illness.”

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