Demystifying Medicine Video

This video aims to deliver insightful information regarding our genes and drug addiction, through an entertaining video. Drug addiction is an issue within almost every society in the world. This condition can affect people of all ages regardless of demographic factors such as socioeconomic status. We try to answer how do our genes play a role in addiction.

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  • Figure 1. Addiction Heritability: Bevilacqua, L., & Goldman, D. (2009). Genes and addictions. Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, 85(4), 359–361. doi:10.1038/clpt.2009.6
  • Figure 2: Genes vs Environment: Rose, R. J., Dick, D. M., Viken, R. J., Pulkkinen, L., & Kaprio, J. (2004). Genetic and environmental effects on conduct disorder and alcohol dependence symptoms and their covariation at age 14. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28(10), 1541-1548.
  • What is addiction? American Psychiatric Association.
  • The Science of Drug Use and Addiction: The Basics. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • What is heritability? Genetics Home Reference. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Goldman, D., Oroszi, G., & Ducci, F. (2006). The Genetics of Addictions: Uncovering the Genes. Focus, 4(3), 401–415. doi: 10.1176/foc.4.3.401.

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