Priscilla Negraes at U-C-San Diego led the research. She tells KOGO news for years, scientists have believed there could be a genetic component to this disease, but it wasn't found until now.
They generated stem cells from patients with anorexia nervosa and through study, found a gene we all have is altered in anorexia nervosa patients.
They don't know when the gene becomes altered or what prompts the gene to change.
She says tests on a larger group is needed. She also says with this knowledge more therapies could be developed for these patients.
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