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slutbunwalla
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think the point their making is that it's altering a part of the gene. They mention epigenetics, which is still a burgeoning field. Up until a little while ago it was believed that the genes aren't altered simply by environmental factors within the life of the organism. You know, the idea that if you cut off the tail of a rat, and it has babies, those babies will still have tails.
Now there's research that is revealing alterations that occur within the lifetime of a creature that directly affects the genetic makeup of their offspring. So if those people who had committed suicide had children, then the possibility could be that those kids could now have that change as well and they didn't suffer the abuse.
Pretty profound.
But bottom line, you know, don't abuse people!


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