Childhood Stress Leaves Genetic Scars

Researchers have found that violence in the lives of children can cause changes in their DNA equivalent to seven to 10 years of premature aging. Scientists measured this cellular aging by studying the ends of children's chromosomes, called telomeres. Telomeres are DNA sequences that act like the plastic tips on shoelaces, which prevent the DNA in chromosomes from unraveling. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres become shorter until a cell dies when it can't divide anymore, reports Liz Szabo for USA Today. Idan Shalev, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology and neuroscience at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and lead author of the study in today's Molecular Psychiatry says, "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." The researchers analyzed DNA samples from twins at ages 5 and 10 and compared telomere length to three kinds of violence: domestic violence between the mother a

Childhood Stress Leaves Genetic Scars

Abuse may shorten the caps of chromosomes, potentially leading to premature aging and disease

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Science Now

Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA

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 ...

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Medical Xpress

Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA, Tue 24 Apr 12 from Labspaces.net

Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA, Tue 24 Apr 12 from e! Science News

Bullying, child abuse hasten aging in kids

Children exposed to multiple instances of violence age faster on a cellular level than children without violent experiences

Thu 26 Apr 12 from FOXNews

Old before their time: Children exposed to violent abuse age PHYSICALLY - and signs can be read in their DNA

Scientists at the Duke Institute believe that stress may shorten their telomeres - DNA sequences found at the tips of chromosomes which have been linked to ageing

Thu 26 Apr 12 from Daily Mail

Exposure to violence in children harms DNA, study says

The damage is similar to that seen in aging, Duke researchers report. The study may help explain why people from abusive backgrounds have more risk of disease.Children who are exposed to violence ...

Tue 24 Apr 12 from L.A. Times

Bullying, Child Abuse Hastens Aging in Kids

Childhood violence puts wear and tear on DNA.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from Livescience

Kids Exposed to Bullying & Violence May Age Faster

New research shows that the genetic material, or DNA, of children who experienced violence shows the type of wear and tear that is normally associated with advancing age.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from WebMD

Children Age Faster When Exposed To Violence And Bullying

Researchers have found that violence in the lives of children can cause changes in their DNA equivalent to seven to 10 years of premature aging. Scientists measured this cellular aging by studying ...

Wed 25 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

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