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Wimps can blame their genes

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:277
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Anecdotal evidence has shown that people vary greatly in their sensitivity to pain and in their response to analgesics. Now, new research indicates that there is a genetic basis for differences in pain perception. The findings may lead to a more tailored approach towards determining doses of analgesic and to a better understanding of opiate addiction.

    Working with mouse models, scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the National Institute of Drug Abuse in …

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