A couple of days ago I find out that there are different genes that determine the speed of caffeine metabolism. Today I find out that the risk of cocaine addiction is based on another gene.
In this latest study, researchers examined the DNA of 700 cocaine abusers and 850 ordinary people and found that cocaine abusers had a specific genetic variation in DAT more frequently than the control subjects. People carrying two copies of this variant were 50% more likely to be cocaine dependent.I really think my idea of starting a company to figure out how you will handle drugs based on genetic screening is going to work. I bet they publish these kind of findings all the time now. It just makes people curious whether they have these genes, and a company that can supply it to them is needed.
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