This is not news, we’ve known for some time that stress is one of the factors that contribute to epigenetic changes. Epigenetic changes can pass from generation to another. Since, certain genes can be switched on and off within one life time, once can literally alter the genes with their lifestyle, thoughts, environment, nutrients, toxins, and habits.
“Researchers have discovered that the genes of mice exposed to chronic stress change over time. Modifications were most associated with genes related to a variety of mental illnesses, such as depression, autism spectrum disorder, and schizophrenia.”
- DNA N6-methyladenine is dynamically regulated in the mouse brain following environmental stress. Nature Communications.
- Mysterious DNA modification seen in stress response. Emory Health Sciences Center.
- A Strange New DNA Edit Has Been Discovered in Animals Under Stress. Science Alert.
- Increased DNA methylation in the suicide brain. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience.