A Gene Implicated in Schizophrenia Risk is Also Associated With Risk for Cannabis Dependence, Biological Psychiatry Reveals

Published: Oct 12, 2012

A paper by Shizhong Han and colleagues in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry implicates a new gene in the risk for cannabis dependence. This gene, NRG1, codes for the ErbB4 receptor, a protein implicated in synaptic development and function. The researchers set out to investigate susceptibility genes for cannabis dependence, as research has already shown that it has a strong genetic component.

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