Monday, April 26, 2010

Studies Find Genetic Link to Smoking

Sarah Fuerst
B. Kern
English 122
26 April 2010

The New York Times published an article in 2008 about the gene that was found to connect nicotine addiction and lung cancer. The research found that the smokers who inherit this gene from both parents have an 80% chance of getting lung cancer than those who smoke but did not receive the gene from either parent. They have found that the gene makes smokers more dependant on smoking and less likely to quit. Researchers who found the gene disagreed on whether the variants increased the risk of lung cancer or did so indirectly by causing more to smoke.

It is hard for me to believe that there is such a huge percentage difference in people who are at chance for lung cancer with the gene and those who are not. Whether you smoke or not you are still at risk. Smoking is smoking no matter if you have a gene that makes you or not. Do you think that these genes will and do increase the chances of getting lung cancer?

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