Science, People & Politics,Volume 1, 19.3.06.
Psychiatry and Genetics reach a cross road
by Helen Gavaghan
Depending on who you talk to, and whose work you read, the field of psychiatry and genetics is undergoing a revival, or it is in serious trouble -- or -- it is at a cross roads. What is certain is that the literature is alive with new papers containing hopeful prognostications with more papers waiting in the wings, whilst in the UK the Medical Research Council is preparing for two focus meetings on the topic this summer. In need of evaluation is whether an initiative spanning UK government funding bodies which has pumped cash into the field of brain research for four years is paying off.