IMPACT: The fact that the gene mutation arises naturally suggests that tolerance levels to alcohol may be genetically wired in people, too. If so, the findings could eventually help identify children and adults at higher risk of developing alcohol dependency, so these individuals can make an informed decision about whether to drink. The study results may also speed the development of new drugs that target alcohol-sensitive GABA receptors, leading to better treatments for alcohol poisoning and addiction.
UCLA brain scientists crack mystery of how alcohol causes intoxication
The Bio-Med Library blog has posted a link to an article about a UCLA study that has found a naturally occuring gene mutation in rats that lowers' the rat's tolerance to alcohol and allows "rapid and acute intoxication after the... Read More