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November 05, 2004

Hope for the hooked after scientists find nicotine gene

A single gene could be responsible for determining how easily people become addicted to smoking, according to a report published today.

By tweaking a gene in the brains of mice, US researchers were able to create a hypersensitive breed that becomes hooked at a nicotine level 50 times lower than that found in a typical smoker's blood.Once addicted, the mice show the classic signs of nicotine dependence.

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Posted by Tom Troceen