Funded by CELT
This project seeks to help students
understand the interaction between genetics and environment in the
context of an important issue on campus: alcohol use and abuse.
Students in BIOL 303 (Human Genetics) and PSYC 324 (Biopsychology)
donated cheek cells for DNA extraction and took an online survey
about alcohol use and family history. We assayed for genes involved
in alcohol metabolism (ADH2, ALDH2), as well as a neurotransmitter
receptor gene implicated in alcohol abuse and binge drinking: the
serotonin reuptake transporter (SLC6A4).
In spring 2006, we repeated the
study with 4 undergraduate students doing the lab workup. A portion
of this lab is now being adapted for the new NATSCI 102 general
education course, using FlashGel technology.