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Researchers at University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Pharmacy said they had identified a brain receptor that may be the key to explaining fits of rage leading to new possibilities in treating anger issues.
Scientists claim they have found the key to human rage, according to a new study.
Researchers at University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Pharmacy and in Italy said they had identified a brain receptor that may be the key to explaining fits of rage leading to new possibilities in treating anger issues.
According to Zee News, the study showed that aggressive rodents lacked a particular enzyme that is required to activate a certain brain receptor.
When the receptor malfunctions, aggressive behavior can ensue.
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“The same type of mutation that we study in mice is associated with criminal, very violent behavior in humans,” said study author Marco Bortolato of the USC School of Pharmacy, reported Gizmag.
“But we really didn’t understand why that it is.”
Researchers said the breakthrough may help in curbing the aggressive tendencies in people.
"From a clinical and social point of view, reactive aggression is absolutely a major problem," Bortolato said, according to ANI.
"We want to find the tools that might reduce impulsive violence."
The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.