What Does DNA Tell Us


These resources are now owned and operated by Child Health BC who is making them freely available to parents, caregivers, families and anyone supporting healthy child development in the early years.

DNA Can Show the Social Experiences of an Individual

A mother’s stress can have an impact on her child’s biology and this can now be shown through DNA analysis.

A Stressful Environment in Early Life Changes How Genes are Marked

Science now understands the link between early maternal stress and a child’s phenotype later in life. A study conducted fifteen years after the 1998 Quebec Ice storm showed the an almost linear correlation between the mother’s stress and the genetic stress markers in her child.


Dr. Moshe Szyf