From Washington State University’s press office: “PULLMAN, Wash. — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University have seen an increased reaction to stress in animals whose ancestors were exposed to an environmental compound generations earlier.
The findings, published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, put a new twist on the notions of nature and nurture, with broad implications for how certain behavioral tendencies might be inherited. The researchers—David Crews at Texas , Michael Skinner at Washington State and colleagues—exposed gestating female… “ READ THE REST HERE.
O.K., readers. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Stress reactions won’t ever be the only toxic effects passed along to your great grandchildren. Low-level toxicity is a pernicious, subtle problem. For starters, visit the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Website and get involved with your own voice.
Update, 12-21-15: Washington State University’s press office is missing the link from the original article above. Here’s a newer reference to a newer press release, titled, “Pesticide linked to three generations of disease,” at the WSU site, giving not dissimilar information as the first release above.
One of the key sentences from this newer release is, “What your great-grandmother was exposed to during pregnancy, like the pesticide methoxychlor, may promote a dramatic increase in your susceptibility to develop disease, and you will pass this on to your grandchildren in the absence of any continued exposures,’ says Michael Skinner, WSU professor and founder of its Center for Reproductive Biology.”