Maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated -- ScienceDaily
Maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated
July 24, 2014
Society for Research in Child Development
In a new study, researchers found that maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated, which has implications for their long-term development and health. The researchers examined DNA methylation, a biomechanical mechanism that helps cells control which genes are turned on or off, in the blood of 56 children ages 11 to 14. Disruptions in this system affect emotional behavior, stress levels, and the immune system. These findings echo those of earlier studies of rodents.