Genes and addiction

  title={Genes and addiction},
  author={E. Nestler},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  • E. Nestler
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Genetics
  • Drug addiction, like all psychiatric disorders, is defined solely in behavioural terms. For example, addiction can be considered a loss of control over drug-taking, or compulsive drug-seeking and -taking despite horrendous consequences. Abnormal behaviours are a consequence of aberrant brain function, which means that it is a tangible goal to identify the biological underpinnings of addiction. The genetic basis of addiction encompasses two broad areas of enquiry. One of these is the… CONTINUE READING
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