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Gene Linked To Alcoholism



10/19/2005 5:11:31 PM

Alcoholism tends to run in families, suggesting that addiction, at least in part, has an underlying genetic cause. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a gene linked to alcohol dependency. Laboratory mice deficient in the gene were found to consume excessive amounts of alcohol, preferring ethanol to water and evincing highly anxious behavior in a maze test. Results of the study are published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

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