Genetics of addiction project

9 May 2005

A new five-year collaborative project between six EU countries and Iceland is to look at the genetic basis of addiction. It has been recognised for some time that susceptibility to forms of addiction (abnormal dependency on substances such as tobacco, alcohol or drugs, or habit-forming behaviours such as gambling or eating disorders) has a genetic component, although environmental influences play a major part in the development of addictions. The new European Integrated Project GENADDICT (genomics, mechanisms and treatment of addiction) aims to identify these genetic factors and unravel the biological mechanisms underlying the condition, in the hope of developing new strategies to treat affected individuals. Project co-ordinator Professor Ian Kitchen of the University of Surrey, said:

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