How Trauma Early In Life Influences Later Behavior

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By rearing rodent fathers-to-be in stressful conditions, researchers found that they and their subsequent offspring are better able to deal with challenging situations later in life. The findings, published in Nature Communications last month, suggest that very early traumatic experiences can be beneficial—and those benefits may be passed on to the next generation.  Many animal […]


Previous Sexual Partner’s Semen Can Influence Another Fly’s Offspring

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If you think Facebook photos and holiday memories are harsh reminders of previous relationships, count yourself lucky you’re not a fly.  According to a new study, a mother’s previous sexual partner can influence certain characteristics in another male’s offspring. This newly discovered form of non-genetic inheritance means that, at least in flies, offspring can resemble previous sexual […]


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