Women and the gambling gene

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A twin study published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry has found that genes play a big role in disordered gambling among women, just as much as with men. Additionally, environmental factors seemingly had little or no influence on gambling behavior in the study. Among the 4,764 twins enrolled in the study, the proportion of variation in liability for disordered gambling due to genetic influence was approximately 50%. According to Wendy S. Slutske, PhD, of the University of Missouri in Columbia, and colleagues, “The results suggest that the susceptibility genes contributing to variation in liability for disordered gambling may also overlap considerably in men and women.” Click here to read an article from the LA Times that discusses this study more.

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