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University of Basel

17 August 2020

Researchers discover protective factor against psychological trauma

Woman pressing her hands to her face
The risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder after a horrible experience is linked to a certain gene. (Picture: shutterstock)

The endogenous regulation of a specific gene is associated with a reduced risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder following a terrifying experience. In particular, traumatic memories of the experience are less severe. Researchers from the University of Basel have reported these findings in the scientific journal PNAS.

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