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Published 18 March 2019

Trauma passed on through genes

Dr Tatjana Buklija speaks to Radio New Zealand about the epigenetic revolution and the way that trauma may be passed between generations

Originally published by RNZ on 3 March 2019.

Liggins Institute researcher Dr Tatjana Buklijas has been looking into the growing knowledge of intergenerational trauma - the idea that the effects of trauma can be passed on to the next generation, experience written into your DNA. She's been part of the team looking at how genes are damaged when a person goes through extreme trauma and that fault is then inherited by the children. Dr Buklijas explains what they've discovered and how DNA is impacted by trauma.

Additional information: Listen to the interview with Dr Tatjana Buklijas here

RESEARCHER

Dr Tatjana Buklijas

ORGANISATION

University of Auckland

FUNDING SUPPORT

Marsden Fund

CONTRACT OR PROJECT ID

UOA1515