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Gene Mutation, Early Childhood Adversity Can Increase Addiction Risks []


By Kelly Burch, The Fix, August 23, 2019

People who have a specific gene mutation and who experience adverse experience early in life increase their risk for alcoholism and drug use, according to a study released this week.

The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, found that a mutation of the gene COMT, which helps the body manage dopamine, is connected with increased risk for alcoholism and drug use when people with the mutation experience early childhood adversity. 

The research was conducted at the University of Oklahoma.

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