Sunday, July 16, 2006

Significant role of genetics in drug abuse, Norwegian study

A Norwegian study has discovered a connection between genetic factors and drug abuse saying that genetic tendencies play a significant role in the use of drugs. Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler, who has led the research, said "This is the first study to show the importance of genetic factors in a culture/country (Norway) with rather low rates of drug problems. It has been suggested that in such countries, social rather than genetics factors should prove to be most important. Our results do not support that hypothesis." Kendler and his team came to this conclusion after interviewing 1,300 Norwegian pairs of adult twins regarding the manner of drug use till date. The findings suggest a strong link between genetic factors and the risk of drug abuse. Medindia on Response to Diseases Vary at Gene Level Recent research has revealed that men and women often respond differently to diseases and drugs probably because of the differences in gene behavior in the organs of males and females.

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