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Genetic discovery may find cure for alcoholism

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(NBC) - A genetic discovery may lay the groundwork for an effective treatment for alcoholism.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Texas analyzed the DNA of more than 100,000 people who drank alcohol socially. 

They were able to identify a genetic variant called "beta-klotho" that suppresses a person's thirst for alcohol.

The findings could someday be used in the development of drugs to regulate alcohol consumption.

Heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to various cancers, liver damage and heart disease.
 

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