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Epigenetic Changes to Placenta Correlate with Maternal Depression
An epigenome-wide association study found more than a dozen methylation changes in placental DNA that correlated with expectant mothers’ self-reports of depression and stress during their pregnancy.
Epigenetic Changes to Placenta Correlate with Maternal Depression
Epigenetic Changes to Placenta Correlate with Maternal Depression

An epigenome-wide association study found more than a dozen methylation changes in placental DNA that correlated with expectant mothers’ self-reports of depression and stress during their pregnancy.

An epigenome-wide association study found more than a dozen methylation changes in placental DNA that correlated with expectant mothers’ self-reports of depression and stress during their pregnancy.

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Infographic: How Exposure to Cannabis in Utero Affects Development
Andrew Scheyer | Jan 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Rodent and human studies have revealed a multitude of effects starting during gestation and lasting into adulthood.
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
Zika Causes Microcephaly in Mice
Tanya Lewis | May 11, 2016 | 4 min read
Three studies show that the virus can cause birth defects in mouse embryos.
Female Brain Maintained by Methylation
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 30, 2015 | 3 min read
Development of female sexual behaviors requires DNA methylation in the preoptic area of the rodent brain. 
Mapping Gene Expression in the Fetal Brain
Kate Yandell | Apr 2, 2014 | 3 min read
Researchers complete an atlas depicting gene expression across the developing human brain.
BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 20, 2014 | 1 min read
The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.
Brain Methylation Map Published
Kate Yandell | Jul 4, 2013 | 2 min read
The epigenetic modification of brain cells undergoes great shifts over the course of mouse and human development.
New Genes, New Brain
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 19, 2011 | 2 min read
A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.
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