We live in a golden age of scientific discovery -- so much so that it can often seem overwhelming to keep track of all the observations (many of which seem to contradict one another). It's also usually impossible to identify the truly vital breakthroughs as they occur. We usually need time to help settle that for us.
Washington, DC February 3, 2009 – A mother’s life experience can affect the biology of her offspring, according to new animal research in the February 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that a stimulating environment improved the memory of young mice with a memory-impairing genetic defect and also improved the memory of their eventual offspring. The findings suggest that parental behaviors that occur long before pregnancy may influence an offspring’s well-being.