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Effects of traumatic experiences, like depression, could be passed on to children

from Medical Daily

Researchers have found that adults exposed earlier in life to trauma experienced differing levels of short RNA production, with some running high and others running low compared to others who had led more carefree lives. In the lab, mice exposed to trauma earlier in life behaved noticeably different in comparison to others, losing their natural aversion to open spaces — somewhat “suicidal” in the mouse world — and displaying behaviors consistent with depression. These symptoms were then passed to the next generation not by genetics per se but through the father’s sperm. more

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