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The Columbia study shows a strong positive correlation between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism (yellow circles), suggesting that they are caused by a common group of genes. Andrey Rzhetsky, the leader of the mapping project, hopes this kind of research will lead to better treatment of psychiatric disease, whose diagnosis can be fuzzy. Genetic information might eventually help clinicians better differentiate between diseases like bipolar and schizophrenia, which have some common symptoms, and find distinct subtypes of these diseases.