drug abuse

Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

The clinical trial is designed to validate that biomarkers, measured in routine urine tests, effectively predict genetic mutations in drug-metabolizing enzymes.

A genome-wide association study of participants from three substance dependence cohorts led to variants in some of the same genes linked to psychiatric disease.

The bespoke array, designed in tandem with Affymetrix, has nearly 650,000 markers to look at genes associated with addiction in several population groups.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of Chicago said on Thursday it has been awarded a five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to create a center of excellence using rats to study the genetics of drug abuse.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health is planning to fund research into the genetic and epigenetic factors that may promote alcohol and drug co-addiction, according to a funding announcement published this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse plans to fund new research projects that aim to discover more about the changes that chronic exposure to drugs cause in the brain, including efforts focused on changes at the genetic, molecular, and cellular levels.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse sees great potential for applying genetic and genomic knowledge to addiction research, and plans to fund the creation of education programs to train scientists in ways to analyze and use genetic data in addiction research.

NIDA and NIAAA will fund grants to dive into the ways that gene-environment interactions are involved in substance use disorders and treatments.

In a "sources sought" notice issued July 22, NIDA explained that its medications development program is looking for "qualified businesses or universities to coordinate the genetics component of clinical trials focused on drug addiction treatment."

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Five researchers are to share this year's Albany Medical Center Prize for their work on the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool, the AP reports.

Stat News reports on how white supremacists cope with surprising genetic ancestry testing results.

In Genome Research this week: sex-biased gene expression evolution in malaria mosquitos, method to find ancient selective sweeps, and more.

Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome from its population, CBS News reports.