Effects of Stress During Pregnancy on Child

Telomeres help to maintain the integrity of chromosomes, and consist of repeated DNA-sequences that cap and protect eukaryotic chromosomes. Telomeres shorten with each cell division, and eventually reach a critical length. This in turn leads to cellular death, or so-called senescence or apoptosis. The study is published in Springer Nature''s journal Neuropsychopharmacology and focuses on a person''s DNA sequences called telomeres, which are essential for cellular replication.

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