Gene protects against alcoholism
October 20, 2010 |
Alcohol often seems to go straight to my head. A study out today suggests this could be down to a ‘tipsy gene’ which could protect against alcoholism.
Researchers in the US gave alcohol to 200 students (who else?!) and then ran a genetic test. They found that the students who got drunk quickest all had a gene called CYP2E1. Between 10 and 20% of people could have this gene.
If future drugs could be modelled on the ‘tipsy gene’ they might help to curb alcoholism.
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