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Mutant worms may be key to avoiding a hangover, study shows

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:36 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (REUTERS) - Mutant worms generated at a laboratory at the University of Texas may provide a pathway to prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study released on Wednesday said.

The research could lead to new drugs to help people going through alcohol withdrawal or even prevent them from feeling the effects of a night of hard drinking, the scientists who wrote the study said.

"This is the first example of altering a human alcohol target to prevent intoxication in an animal," said co-author Jon Pierce-Shimomura, an assistant professor in the university's College of Natural Sciences.

Pharmaceutical applications could include a "James Bond drug" that would help a spy drink his opponent under the table and walk away without being shaken or stirred, according to Dr Pierce-Shimomura.

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