Child Abuse May 'Mark' Genes In Brains Of Suicide Victims

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 12:14 in Psychology & Sociology

Scientists have discovered important differences between the brains of suicide victims and so-called normal brains. Although the genetic sequence was identical in the suicide and non-suicide brains, there were differences in their epigenetic marking -- a chemical coating influenced by environmental factors. All of the 13 suicide victims in the study had experienced abuse as children.

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