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Common disease + common variant = common misunderstanding?

Three large studies on schizophrenia now all agree that rare structural variants (CNVs) have a causal role in disease causation – probably by affecting large regions at 1q21 and 15q11 that contain all some “neuro”-genes (Harvard, Decode, Seattle). There are two major points that let me wonder if these papers even mark a turning point in our understanding of genetic causes of human diseases that is largely influenced by the Chakravarti hypothesis of common disease and common variants (CDVC). The Seattle paper had the most clever comment on that

We propose an alternative model: that some mutations predisposing to schizophrenia are highly penetrant, individually rare, and of recent origin, even specific to single cases or families.

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