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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….

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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