Addicts and siblings share brain features

Addicts and siblings share brain features

Finding suggests genetic component for diminished self-control, other behaviors

By Rebecca Cheung, 14:35 PM February 2, 2012

Brain abnormalities commonly seen in drug addicts are also found in the addicts’ sober siblings. The discovery, reported in the Feb. 3 Science,suggests that there are inherited but conquerable risk factors involved in drug dependency. What’s more, looking at how non-using siblings compensate for their inherited brain irregularities may eventually uncover clues to treating drug addiction.

“These brothers and sisters might show us strategies that we could teach to drug users,” says Karen Ersc...

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