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Exposure to Environmental Contaminants Today Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

The researchers exposed gestating female rats to vinclozolin, a popular fruit and vegetable fungicide. When they put the rats’ third generation of offspring through a variety of behavioral tests they found they were more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and had greater activity in stress-related regions of the brain than descendants of unexposed rats.

Paternal Diet Can Affect Genes and Health of Offspring, Research Suggests

Environmental influences experienced by a father can be passed down to the next generation, "reprogramming" how genes function in offspring, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have discovered.

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter to Bloom in Spring With Help of Special Molecule

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter to Bloom in Spring With Help of Special Molecule

The role a key molecule plays in a plant’s ability to remember winter, and therefore bloom in the spring, has been identified by University of Texas at Austin scientists.