Think all your memories are yours and yours alone? Well scientists have found that in mice, some memories and thoughts might actually be passed down genetically! Anthony explains how this process works, and if it might apply to humans as well.
Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations
"Using olfactory molecular specificity, we examined the inheritance of parental traumatic exposure, a phenomenon that has been frequently observed, but not understood."
What Is Epigenetics?
"The cells in a multicellular organism have nominally identical DNA sequences (and therefore the same genetic instruction sets), yet maintain different terminal phenotypes. This nongenetic cellular memory, which records developmental and environmental cues (and alternative cell states in unicellular organisms), is the basis of epi-(above)-genetics."