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Blue Eyes, Dupuytren Disease, and Alcoholism


A recent study linked blue eyes with genetic risk for alcoholism. Interesting, because Dupuytren disease is more common in people with light colored eyes and according to some studies, Dupuytren is linked to chronic alcoholism. It’s a match! Or is it? Other studies conclude alcoholism is not a risk for Dupuytren disease. Both Dupuytren and blue eyes are more common in Caucasians, so the genes for each might be fellow travelers, but not directly associated. Statistics of biology need to have truly big data to analyze – especially when genetic issues are involved. That’s the reason the Dupuytren Foundation is aiming to recruit 20,000 people to sign up for the International Dupuytren Data Bank at