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How Your Mom’s Stress Is Now Your Stress

Many things are passed down from mother to child, and now, research is finding that stress is on that list! Join Trace as he discusses how prenatal maternal stress can impact you later in life!

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DNA Methylation Signatures Triggered by Prenatal Maternal Stress Exposure to a Natural Disaster: Project Ice Storm

“Prenatal maternal stress (PNMS) predicts a wide variety of behavioral and physical outcomes in the offspring.”

DNA signature found in ice storm babies

“Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm.”

Children Born Soon After The Great 1998 North American Ice Storm Show DNA Imprint 13 Years Later

“Researchers have discovered that maternal stresses effect changes in the DNA of the offspring in long term ways.”

DNA signature found in ice storm babies

“The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.”

Epigenetics: How to alter your genes

“Towards the end of the Second World War, something unprecedented happened in modern Europe: a famine.”

How an 1836 Famine Altered the Genes of Children Born Decades Later

“This chapter discusses the nascent field of epigenetics, essentially the study of how our actions and experiences can cause chemical ‘marks’ to attach to genes and turn the activity of the genes up or down.”

Epigenetics: Sins of the fathers, and their fathers



“A fascinating article by Marcus Pembrey and co-workers, published in this issue of the European Journal of Human Genetics, suggests that the behaviour (or environment) of prepubescent boys could influence the phenotype of their sons and grandsons.”

Epigenetics in life course and longitudinal cohort studies

Beyond DNA: Epigenetics

“We talk about DNA as if it’s a template, like a mold for a car part in a factory.”

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