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Researchers Have Discovered a Gene Associated with Alcohol Consumption

According to a research study carried out by the experts of Imperial College London, a gene has been discovered which is associated with the intake of alcohol in humans. The results of their study are published in the April 2011 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.

The discovered gene is called AUTS2. Those with a rarer version of this gene consume 5 percent less alcohol on an average than those who have the common type of this gene.

The World Health Organization reported that 2.5 million people die every year owing to the health complications created by alcohol consumption. Though the role of this gene is known to be less as per the present study, the knowledge of a gene’s involvement in alcohol consumption has opened up new areas of research studies.

47,000 people were the participants of this study. It involved analysis of their DNAs. In people with the rarer version of the gene in them, it was found that the AUTS2 was more active thus aiding in less consumption of the alcohol.

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