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New study leads to breakthrough on cocaine addiction

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - From The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, scientists there say they've found that a particular type of genetic material plays a key role in determining your risk for developing an addiction to cocaine.

Rats with more of a certain molecule called Micro RNA 212 seemed to dislike the drug, but when scientists blocked that molecule in the rats, they consumed the drug in a compulsive manner.

Scientists say if they can figure out a way to stimulate or mimic that molecule, they can stop cocaine addiction.

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