Posted by linkadge on December 4, 2010, at 12:08:55
In reply to Re: Bunk - Nope, just science. » linkadge, posted by FluffMama on December 3, 2010, at 2:08:42
First of all, the two of the studies were done in the 70's and early 80's. This is back when they thought that depression was caused by low serotonin levels (and evil spirits btw).
FYI, when a study finds an *association* this does not scientifically prove that there is any feasable causative connection between the two. And, there are literally dozens of studies on depression and the serotonin transporter gene (i.e. much more thant 3).
For instance, 5 years ago, there were tons of studies linking the SS varient of the serotonin transporter gene to depression. Now scientists generally agree that (when considering the proponderance of evidence) there really is no association at all.
If you *honestly* think 3 small studies which report an 'association' (with an unspecified statistical significance BTW) means anything, then I think you'd better look deeper.
Furthermore, this research has absolutely no bearing on the sucessful treatment of depression. I'm sure plenty of type blood O depressed patients have sucessfully recovered on every class of antidepressat imaginable, whether dopaminergic, serotoninergic, or otherwise.