An excellent post by Ron Unger with a contribution from Brian Koehler:
“…the headlines were blaring: Schizophrenia breakthrough as genetic study reveals link to brain changes! We heard that our best hope for treating “schizophrenia” is to understand it at a genetic level, and that this new breakthrough was now getting us really started on that mission, as it showed how a genetic variation could lead to the more intense pruning of brain connections which is often seen in those diagnosed with schizophrenia. We were told that this study was very important. “For the first time, the origin of schizophrenia is no longer a complete black box” was one quote. And the acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) described the study as “a crucial turning point in the fight against mental illness”.
But is all this hype justified?”