How Dad’s Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring
Mouse studies show tiny intercellular pods convey to sperm a legacy of a father’s hard knocks in life Article word count: 954
A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication in which small blebs break off one cell and fuse with another.
Carrying proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, these particles ejected from a cell act like a postal system (...)