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THE SKINNY

AN INVESTIGATION

When it comes to coffee, genes drive our habit?

How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role. The researchers analyzed results from previous studies that included more than 120,000 participants. They looked for variations in the participants' DNA that correlated with how much coffee they drank. The results implicated six genes. Four were related to how the body handles or reacts to caffeine. The journal Molecular Psychiatry released the study Tuesday.

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'IT CHANGED MY LIFE'

Getting a boost from a nice officer

A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it. Instead, Emmett Township public safety Officer Ben Hall bought her a seat. "A ticket doesn't solve the situation," Hall told WXMI-TV. "What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent." Hall met the mother, Alexis DeLorenzo, at a Walmart on Friday and paid for the seat. "It changed my life," DeLorenzo said. "I'm never going to forget him. And neither will my daughter."

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