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6 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 4:29PM #1
mikeincolorado
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Here's an interseting tidbit...


'Happy Hour' Gene Discovery Suggests Cancer Drugs Might Treat Alcoholism


FTA: "Alcohol is one of the most popular and abused drugs in the world, the researchers said. Therefore, a better understanding of the genetic and environmental factors that lead to its addiction would have considerable benefit for those who suffer its consequences and for society at large. Despite the well-known effects of alcohol consumption on behavior and cognition, the underlying basis for those effects on the nervous system are still rather incomplete.


Human studies have pointed to a strong genetic component to alcoholism, but identifying the specific genes responsible has proved difficult. Studies have also indicated that an individual's sensitivity to alcohol intoxication acts as a predictor of future alcoholism, with a link between lower initial response and increased risk of addiction. Therefore, Heberlein's team explained, genes and pathways involved in the acute response to alcohol can yield insight into the genetic factors contributing to the more complex process of addiction."


This seems to be related to other discussions we've had lately on the board. Enjoy

Mike

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