Genes Hold the Key

September 2, 2014 11:01 AM

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Some people cave under stress while others take it in stride. Now, scientists have found out why stress may just be more devastating to some. They've identified the molecular mechanisms of a so-called stress gap in mice that may shed light on anxiety and depression.

"Like people, each animal has unique experiences as it goes through its life," said Bruce McEwen, senior author of the new study, in a news release. "And we suspect that these life experiences can alter the expression of genes, and as a result, affect an animal's susceptibility to stress. We have ta...

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