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Violence puts wear and tear on kids’ DNA

From the 22 April Eureka News Alert

DURHAM, N.C. — Children who have experienced violence might really be older than their years. The DNA of 10-year-olds who experienced violence in their young lives has been found to show wear and tear normally associated with aging, a Duke University study has found.

“This is the first time it has been shown that our telomeres can shorten at a faster rate even at a really young age, while kids are still experiencing stress,” said Idan Shalev, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology and neuroscience at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.

Telomeres are special DNA sequences found at the tips of chromosomes; much like the plastic tips of shoelaces, they prevent DNA from unraveling. Emerging evidence suggests that telomeres are “master integrators,” connecting stress to biological age and associated diseases….

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June 18, 2012 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Stoning Demons and commented:
    The health effects of trauma go deeper than one might expect.

    Comment by Kimberly Callis | June 19, 2012 | Reply


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