Can one particular genetic mutation explain why some people are more anxious and less resilient than others?
Scientists at the Weill Cornell Medical College studied a gene mutation discovered about 10 years ago that only about 20 percent of Americans have. It bathes the brain in a sort of ‘natural cannabis.’
The New York Times is calling it the “feel-good gene,” because of the correlation between the mutation and a lack of anxiety, and an ability to bounce back.
The Cornell researchers wanted to know if there was more than a correlation.
Francis Lee, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss how knowing whether a person has the genetic mutation might help in treating anxiety disorders.
- Francis Lee, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.