Addiction to coffee can be in your genes

12 04 2011


Are you the kind of person who can’t function without a coffee? Or the type that gets crazy with just one zip?
Well, whatever it is, you can blame it on your ancestors.
A new research says that caffeine need can also be traced back to your genes.

Scientists identified two genes that decided if you really need caffeíne everyday or if in other hand you can’t take it without getting really hyperactive. These genes are responsable for how fast you metabolize caffeine and how much of it you need to be able to ‘work’ in the morning.
Dr. Neil Caporaso (study co-author) says “People don’t really suspect it, but genetics plays a big role in a lot of behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. And now it turns out it has a part in how much caffeine we drink”.

Besides this relevant news, they also found that one of those genes has a lot of other functions, like metabolizing compounds of cancer and drugs. So this finding really helps developing cancer studies and fighting against it.

We get suprised everyday about this new studies, that can change our Future!

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13 04 2011
Frutilandia

This article is very informative. The idea that our habits of cosumtion of certain substances is determined by our genes was new to me. It is another proof that our behaviour might be beyond our control, which is a very interesting yet frightening thought.

14 04 2011
bravachili

You are so right. Our behaviour, our likes and dislikes are something that have already born with us or that we sometime in our life try to adapt or even change. The truth is that when it comes to coffee, the effects are really different on people, and this now explains why. We’re just glad that are researchers doing such a wonderfull drug, with useful studies, trying to end or low a main problem in our world: Cancer.
Thank you for commenting and for your opinion.

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