Genetic Mutation May Influence Nicotine Uptake, Researchers Find

Nicotine addiction may be influence by a certain genetic mutation

A new study may uncover how nicotine reacts with the brain. Scientists may have discovered that a specific genetic mutation may be a large reason why some individuals become significantly more addicted to smoking tobacco than others.

Scientists noticed that when a certain genetic subunit is mutated, it will consume nicotine amounts far greater than genes without this mutation. This may mean that reversing the mutation of these genes could help prevent nicotine addiction completely.

Experts believe this new finding could pave the way for determining exactly why certain individuals become significantly more addicted to smoking cigarettes than others, and also provide some insight as to other addictions as well.

The study can be found in an online journal called Nature.

Scientists are very optimistic about this study. These findings may help formulate specific treatment options for individuals who are actively trying to stop smoking.

Similar studies are being conducted, including a study to help decrease the addictive quality of nicotine itself.