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By Anil Ananthaswamy SCHIZOPHRENIA may soon be diagnosed with a simple test. Researchers in Scotland have shown that the breath of schizophrenics contains high levels of the alkanes butane and ethane. Schizophrenics break down fatty acids in their cell membranes faster than normal. The researchers suspected that this process, which is known as peroxidation, might lead to high levels of alkanes in patients’ breath. “What we’ve done is to use breath sampling to measure the total breakdown of fatty acids,” says psychiatrist Iain Glen of the Highland Psychiatric Research Foundation, Craig Dunain Hospital in Inverness,