Posts Tagged ‘stress’

A recent article in Scientific American discusses how stressed-out men pass on stress to offspring. During periods of stress, Extracellular Vesicles (containing lipids, proteins, nucleic acids) break off from cells in the father’s body and enter sperm cells. These Extracellular Vesicles cause small non-coding RNA molecules to shut the sperm’s genes on and off, thus passing the stress to Dad’s offspring.

Obesity, diabetes, autism, schizophrenia and other diseases may be a result of these genes being shut on and off. Research is ongoing. As a writer, I am intrigued. (as a human, I am worried about stress)



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