Belgian scientists have found a «cocaine gene»

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Belgian scientists from the free University of Brussels has identified the gene that causes cocaine addiction, said the head of the research group of Alban de Kerchove.

According to him, the results of the experiments with a mouse lacking this gene are very reassuring for the millions of people who are prone to addiction. In Europe there are about 15 million people, the treatment of which annually goes to 65 billion euros.

«We found the gene that is responsible for blocking the reinforcing effect of the drug, leading to the desire of his re-consumption and, consequently, to dependence,» the researcher said on air of broadcasting company RTBF.

The next step, he said, will be to achieve an understanding of how the gene works so that you can proceed to the experiments with persons suffering from drug addiction.

The study is published in the scientific journal EMBO reports.