Scientists have discovered a number of different genetic hotspots that they say may explain the link to schizophrenia.
Three studies have been published this week alone, all of them finding similarly that certain points in genetic code, appear to trigger the onset of the mental health disease.
Schizophrenia is a very serious mental health illness, characterized by delusions, hallucinations and the inability to perceive reality.
It is estimated that 1% of the general population is affected by schizophrenia, with 2 million new cases being diagnosed each year.
According to the results of the studies, which are published in the Nature, the disease is brought on by random duplicates of genetic code that are not inherited from parents as originally thought.
They do state that family history does play a significant risk factor however when it comes to a person’s risk of developing the condition.