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Designer brain receptors used in preclinical study to suppress cued cocaine seeking

(Medical University of South Carolina) Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have used viruses to infect neurons with genes that allow them to switch on brain receptors involved in suppressing addiction relapse. Results of these preclinical studies were published in the Sep. 28th, 2016 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The technology, called designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs, or DREADDs, is one of the most promising gene therapies for the future treatment of addiction in humans.
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