Phobias as inherited memories?
February 8, 2014 2:08 PM Subscribe
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. Original research article.
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