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Suicide and genetics: Study identifies 12 DNA variations that could increase the risk

This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Genetics could determine the likelihood of suicide, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Utah Health have identified 12 genetic variations that are linked to a higher risk of suicide attempts, according to a study published this month in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Scientists across several hospitals conducted a worldwide analysis of almost one million people across 22 different populations, Anna Docherty, PhD, the study’s corresponding author and associate professor of psychiatry at Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah, told Fox News Digital.

It’s essential to recognize that “someone’s genetics are not necessarily their destiny,” Lyons added. 

“Many mitigating factors can turn off the gene expression associated with suicide attempts, including growing up in a loving and supportive household or [engaging in] meditation and mindfulness.”

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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