How Dad's Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring

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New research suggests that sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication. Many experiments, both planned and unplanned, are unveiling how a father's stress can reach the womb and get passed along to his children. These findings will hopefully help researchers discover new ways to non-invasively diagnose or predict adverse health outcomes in offspring. And it's possible this knowledge could help everyone prevent it from happening in the first place.

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