Dinosaurs could help us beat the blues

Scientists at Aberdeen University have discovered a genetic link between dinosaurs and humans, which according to them could provide the key to developing a treatment for depression.

The team found that the component in human DNA, which activates depression, was also present in dinosaurs and would have helped determine their moods. The scientists identified the genetic “switches”, also known as “enhancers”, they believe turn off and on genes that control our behaviour and moods.

They believe that these enhancers may hold the key to understanding the causes of depression and shed light on why some people develop the illness while others, with a similar genetic make-up, do not.

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