Biological Memory: Fears Can Be Passed Down to Future Generations

biological memory fearFear can be transferred from parents to children and grandchildren, claim U.S. researchers in their article published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

A scientific group of the Department of Psychiatry, Emory University in Atlanta, led by Dr. Brian Dias, conducted experiments on mice and found that a traumatic event can leave an imprint in the DNA of sperm, which in turn can transfer phobia and thus affect the brain structure and behavior of future generations even if they have not experienced the same painful event.

The experts believe that their discovery is important for research and treatment of human phobias and post-traumatic and anxiety disorders through interfering with the mechanism of memory of the patients.

Specifically, using a mild electric shock, the experts trained mice to avoid the smell of acetophenone. Subsequently, it was found that… read more

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