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08 July 2010

Simplifying the search for genetic risk in alcohol dependence (The Dana Foundation Website - 10 June 2010)

Dana_logo Just taking a few measures about drinking frequency and amount may help researchers uncover critical genes involved in alcohol dependence.

Excerpt:

Epidemiological studies have long suggested that alcohol dependence is an inherited disorder. As genome-wide surveys became available over the past decade, scientists have hoped to find the gene (or genes) behind this relationship. An analysis by the researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine published in the April 5 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that simple measures of alcohol consumption may make that search a little easier...

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