More ash news from Iceland

A study from Decode Genetics in Reykjavik, published in Nature Genetics, suggests that four genes have now been identified – two linked to nicotine dependence and another two linked with nicotine metabolism. These findings, if valid, could lead to better understanding of addiction to smoking and how to treat this addiction.

Read more

Monkey Business?

Serotonin is involved in many behaviours, and new research suggests that a mutation in a gene that transports the brain chemical serotonin could influence our social behaviour. This is based on  American research using rhesus macaque monkeys because they are the only other primates with a particular genetic trait. Usually we are homozygous for this  emotion-regulating serotonin transporter gene, having either […]

Read more