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witchlinblue
03-18-2006, 09:17 PM
Cocaine addiction could be genetic, new study claims
Mar 17 2006
By Deborah James Daily Post Staff

PEOPLE'S chances of becoming hooked on cocaine may be inherited from their parents, a major international study has found.

The project, which included researchers from Liverpool, discovered a gene that directly affects the risk of someone developing an addiction to the Class A drug.

Teams tested 700 cocaine users and 850 non-users in Brazil, where crack and cocaine use is widespread.

Those who had a particular variant of a gene called the Dopamine Transporter (DAT) - around 30% of those tested - were more likely to become dependent on cocaine.

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