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Study Finds Genetic Link Between Smoking Addiction and Major Depression

o helps to explain why smoking seems to run in some families, Dr. Fu said. Maybe Dad and Mom have a certain personality, which is why they may be more likely to smoke or to be depressed. That personality trait may be based in their genes, he said.

The research points geneticists in a new direction to determine the influences of a personality trait. In addition, clinicians could use the findings to identify those who are at risk of developing major depression or nicotine addiction.

When they see people with a history of conduct disorder, they may be able to predict those people who could develop major depression or nicotine dependence, Dr. Fu added.

The research appeared in the June issue of Twin Research and Human Genetics.


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