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Epigenetics: The Promise of a New Science

March 2008
Discusses the role of epigenetics, the study of cellular mechanisms that control gene expression and its impacts on health and behavior, in addiction research.

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Not All Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons Are Alike

March 2008
Reports on research showing that the neurons that deliver dopamine to two regions of the brain's mesolimbic reward system respond differently to opioids, an important finding for drug treatment research.

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Alcohol Abuse Makes Prescription Drug Abuse More Likely

March 2008
Reports on results from a study showing that men and women with alcohol use disorders are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than people who don't drink at all.

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Cocaine Can Mobilize Stored Dopamine

March 2008
Describes a study showing that cocaine, which increases dopamine levels, also can tap into an intracellular dopamine reserve pool.

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