Sunday 26 July 2015


Scientists believe they have found a link between eye colour and alcohol dependency.
The study, by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont, found that people with blue eyes are more likely to become alcoholics.
The work was led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biological sciences, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dawei Li, Ph.D.
Li began his research in 2012 and built up a data base of 10,000 African Americans and European Americans. All of which had been diagnosed with at least one psychiatric illness or an addiction like alcohol dependency.
The study was then narrowed down to 1,263 people struggling with alcohol addiction.

It was then Li noticed the eye colour connection. They retested their analysis three times, arranging and rearranging the groups to compare age, gender and different ethnic or geographic backgrounds.
But Li admits ‘we still don’t know the reason’ and more research is needed.
Sulovari said: ‘This suggests an intriguing possibility – that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis.
‘What has fascinated me the most about this work has been investigating the interface between statistics, informatics and biology.
‘It’s an incredible opportunity to study genomics in the context of complex human diseases.’

Reference: metro

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