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Fear can be passed to offspring in their genes — 14 Comments

  1. I despise scientists who use animals in stupid experiments,why do they need to know the bee all and end all,it doesn’t mean because a mouse fears a smell that other animals or people do.

    • Hi Sylvia. Do you believe in “genetic memory”? I found the story surprising because I always thought that nurture (experiences) rather than nature dictated our fears. Yet this simple test indicates otherwise. I am a bit surprised that what appears to be important research has only occurred now.

  2. I so love your comments Ruth AKA.
    Exactly! How is this sort of information beneficial? What good will it serve for animals?

  3. No we don’t want cats to be like dogs, cats are mysterious and unique and why should they be changed just to please people who don’t like their independence!
    What a lot of animals are tortured in pointless experiments like those poor mice were, no doubt they were all killed when they were finished with.
    Interesting I suppose, but what good does it do anyone knowing fear can be passed on?

      • Amen, Marc.
        Where are the priorities in the science world?
        I want something that is useful. Stop with the nonsense that costs millions!

        • Now that is a very good point you make Dee. The problem with science research is that it is a business all of its own. It does not have to serve anyone. It just serves itself and the scientists. This is wrong. But millions of dollars and pounds are poured into scientific research to sustain the massive edifice. The purpose: to provide employment and good salaries with some benefit to the people.

  4. I wasn’t accepting this notion at first. But, now, I see how it could be possible.
    It’s well known that human infants have a fear of falling, without ever having had that experience.

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