Miles O'Brien

Reporting on space, science, aviation & tech.

Archive: Dec 2012

  1. Drinking on the Job – for Research

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    My job takes me to all kinds of interesting places, people and situations. The inebriation test that I did for my recent piece for the PBS NewsHour on the genetics of addiction (see big box above) is one that I will remember – buzz notwithstanding. Below is an excerpt of my blog post I did for the NewsHour:

    I have no doubt there are addictive traits in my DNA. There are plenty of drunks in my family tree. But while the role of genes in addiction is large — researchers now believe they are responsible for about 60 percent of the risk of addiction — there are many genes and counter-genes that come into play.

    More here at the PBS NewsHour site.