Drug Addiction Expert Decides to Treat Cancer as a Bad Habit

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drug addictionBAR HARBOR — Jackson Lab scientist Elissa Chesler spends her days hunting through mountains of data in search of connections between genes and behavior, specifically addictive behavior. A colleague, Vivek Kumar, is conducting his own investigation into the genetic basis of addiction. Both have long seen evidence of what policy makers from the White House to the State House have only recently embraced — that drug addiction, whether to alcohol or opiates — is a disease. Chesler and Kumar compare alcoholism and addiction to opiates such as heroin to diabetes and hypertension. The diseases, they say, all have a genetic, neurobiological and environmental component. (read more at the Ellsworth American)

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