Wine only good with right genes

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WINE-lovers breathed a sigh of re­lief when re­search ad­vised a daily glass was good for you.

Un­for­tu­nately, it turns out the ben­e­fits might only ap­ply to peo­ple who have the right genes.

Swedish sci­en­tists have chal­lenged claims that mod­er­ate al­co­hol con­sump­tion of seven drinks a week for women and 14 for men has wide­spread health ben­e­fits. Their study of more than 3 600 peo­ple found small quan­ti­ties of al­co­hol pro­tected against heart dis­ease for just the three in 20 with a vari­ant of a gene known as geno­type CETP TaqIB.

The find­ings, pub­lished in the jour­nal Al­co­hol, back ear­lier stud­ies link­ing the mu­ta­tion with the ben­e­fits. Pro­fes­sor Dag Thelle sug­gested that ad­vice about the ben­e­fits of al­co­hol was too sweep­ing be­cause mod­er­ate drink­ing was healthy just for a mi­nor­ity. – Daily Mail

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