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If you snort coke, blame your Dad

Scientists believe that coke addiction, something seen all too frequently in the Valley, might largely be caused by genetic factors.

It is said by those who know (and those who merely have a sniff of the facts) that cocaine is quite a popular entertainment for many a technical mind.

I am told that it provides a temporary feeling of invincibility, one that can be useful when networking, selling a less than watertight notion or attempting to persuade a member of your target sex that you are, indeed, a person worth sharing combining notions with.

Now the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany has found good reason for coke users to toss aside their guilt and let their parents snort it whole.

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According to the Institute's Professor Rainer Spanagel coke addicts carry a gene that makes them 25% more likely to march to a chemically-induced egotistical tune.

"If you are a carrier of this gene variant, the likelihood of getting addicted to cocaine is higher, the Professor told the Guardian.

Apparently, scientists are beginning to conclude that perhaps 70% of cocaine addiction is attributable to elements handed down by Moms and Dads.

So the next time you are in a bar or at a Web 2.0 shindig and some tech luminary wanders out of the restroom swearing that he is King Midas, or, perhaps a cross between Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Stephen Hawking, please first examine his nasal tract.

If there are traces of a substance not entirely dissimilar to washing powder, or if he seems to be enjoying a sudden synapse of the sinuses, please feel free to turn to the person next to you and whisper: "I blame the parents."