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The Genetic Revolution: The Challenges of Genetic Sequencing in Substance-Use Disorders| Biomed Grid

Journal: American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research (Vol.3, No. 3)

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Page : 263-264

Keywords : Next-generation sequencing (NGS); Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS); substance-use disorders; Addiction; Genes; Prevention; Professional Care; Biomed Grid;

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Substance Use Disorders present a global public-health issue and are responsible for approximately 12.4% of deaths worldwide as well as injury or illness in over 40 million individuals every year [1]. Substance Use Disorders are associated with loss of productivity, higher levels of domestic violence, and increased propensity for criminal behavior and incarceration [2]. Due to the high numbers of people affected by this disorder and the large burden it places on society as a whole, developing effective treatment protocols to combat substance Use Disorders is necessary. The brain-disease model can reduce the stigma around addiction as it suggests that the likelihood of substance abuse is influenced by factors such as genetics and neural pathways rather than any moral shortcomings or poor decision-making skills [2]. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) and Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) allow scientists to investigate genes associated with substance-use on a much deeper level [3].

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