FENS 2018: Epigenetics – trans-generational effects of traumatic experiences

Written by Olivia Stevenson, Future Science Group

Research from the University ETH Zürich (Zürich, Switzerland), has demonstrated that traumatic experiences can lead to epigenetic modifications. These modifications can be passed down through the next few generations, potentially leading to behavioral changes and psychological disorders in the offspring of an individual who has experienced a traumatic event. However, the results of the study also suggest that a positive and stimulating environment can correct these changes. Traumatic or stressful experiences can have long-lasting effects on an individual and their family. Understanding how these experiences can change gene activity, and potentially be passed on to offspring, may one day be...

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