Mouse Study Finds Early Stress Can Change Genes in Brain –

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A study recently preformed on mice has shown that stress in early stages of life can lead to changes in the brain's genes. Research in the past has been fully linked by this study to show that early stress can lead to depression and other psychiatric syndromes in people. They also found that by manipulating levels in the brain, they were able to change the stress sensitivity. This is a major step in knowing how to deal with problems in people with depression.

Key Takeaways:

  • A study was done at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York about epigenetics.
  • This study was the first one to use genome-wide tools to understand how early life stress alters development.
  • The goal of the research is to aid treatment discoveries relevant to individuals who experienced childhood stress and trauma.

"Previous studies have suggested that early life stress increases the risk for depression and other psychiatric syndromes, but the neurobiology linking the two has remained elusive until now, according to the scientists."

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