Decoding Anorexia: The Gene Search

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:27 am

From decades of research, we know genes influence a person’s risk for anorexia. Now, there’s a global effort to identify those genes that cause eating disorders; one that could save countless lives.

Studies show genes and environment each play a 50/50 role in who develops it. But first degree relatives of are eleven times more likely to.

“One of the things that I like to say is that genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger,” Dr. Bulik explained.

The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative study—known as ANGI involves participants completing an online questionnaire and mailing in small blood samples for DNA. The goal is to identify genes responsible for anorexia nervosa and eventually to develop new treatments.

The goal of the study is to gather 8,000 samples by 2015

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