Taking Aim at Addiction: The work of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revolves around a central question: "Why can drugs hijack the brain to such an extent that people ruin their lives, lose everything they have simply to get more of the drug?" That's the question posed by R. Adron Harris, an alcoholism researcher and the director of the Waggoner Center for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse.
Scores of scientists from dozens of institutions gave one percent of the human genome a thorough going over as the start of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project. The headlines from the results, published in June in Nature, were that there's a lot more going on in the genome that had been thought. It's… » Continue Reading