News-Medical.net - "Dad's Stress Can Affect Unborn Children"

 – August 31, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The risk of developing depression, which is significantly increased by exposure to chronic stress, is influenced by both environment and genetics. In a fascinating new study, researchers investigated paternal effects instead, and found that male mice exposed to chronic stress pass those stress behaviors along to their offspring. "This type of translational animal work is important to help scientists focus their work in humans", explained lead author Dr. Eric Nestler, from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Learn more.