Epigenetic changes show up in people with PTSD | Science News

ADVERTISEMENT

MISSION CRITICAL

Support credible science journalism.

Subscribe to Science News today.


News

Epigenetic changes show up in people with PTSD

But it's unclear if alterations cause the disorder

By
6:15pm, May 3, 2010

People with post-traumatic stress disorder seem to accumulate an array of chemical modifications to their DNA that are different from those found in healthy people, researchers report online May 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The new findings, while showing differences between people with and without PTSD, don't shed light on whether these differences might play a role in PTSD, says study coauthor Sandro Galea, a physician and epidemiologist at Columbia University in New York City.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content