The inheritance of the impact of traumatic stress across generations: A novel biological mechanism in sperm

By: Isabelle Mansuy, Ph.D.

Exposure to traumatic events in childhood or early adolescence can change a person and perturb her life for many years. It can also have an impact on the following progeny and affect a family across several generations. Such inheritance is independent of social and cultural factors, but involves biological processes. Researchers of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now identified a novel mechanism that can explain how the effects of trauma exposure can be transmitted across generations….

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