Gene for alcohol moderation found: study

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Researchers have identified a gene associated with a person’s “appetite” for alcohol, potentially paving a way for a pharmaceutical treatment of alcoholism. Alcohol drinking is a complex, heritable trait, but few genes are known to be associated with it. To identify genes associated with alcohol moderation, David J Mangelsdorf from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and colleagues performed a genome-wide study analysing alcohol intake in more than 105,000 individuals of European descent. The authors of the study, published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified a variant of the gene encoding b-Klotho – essential for…
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