Wall Street Journal - "The Genetic Ripple Effect of Hardship"
Our experiences in life don't just affect how we learn and behave, they can also mark our genes and influence our children, a growing body of research suggests. Stressful events and drug use appear to alter how and when genes are turned off and on. Some environmental influences create such long-lasting and significant biological changes that they can be passed on to affect the health of the next generation, studies have shown. Dr. Eric Nestler, a molecular biologist and neuroscience professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, took male mice and stressed them out, then bred them with normal females. Learn more