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A new study in Cell is helping to clarify how the stress of starvation or drug addiction can be passed on to subsequent generations through epigenetic changes, reports New Scientist's Andy Coghlan. Previous studies have already shown that if mice are stressed after birth, their offspring can be born with signs of depression or anxiety.

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