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Early life experiences influence DNA in the adult brain

Research led by Salk Professor Rusty Gage showed that the type of mothering a female mouse provides her offspring actually changes their DNA. The work lends support to studies about how childhood environments affect brain development in humans and could provide insights into neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia.

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