What if parenting style affected a child’s DNA?

A quick search on Amazon.com for parenting guides brings up a list of 5,416 books to choose from. TV series have been dedicated to parenting styles and their varying impacts.

But what if both good and bad parenting styles leave marks on the child, and in particular their DNA?

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What if we could tune anxiety?

We all know what it is like to feel anxious; sweaty palms, fast breathing and that wish to run away and hide.

In this month’s Neuropod Kerri Smith talks to Karl Deisseroth about his latest publication in which he and his colleagues describe how they have managed to tune anxiety responses in mice.  By stimulating or inhibiting the activity in particular regions within a part of the brain called the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), they were able make these mice behave in a more or less anxious way.

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