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Nonharmful stress protects mice from disease across generations

Researchers at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center observed enhanced resilience to injury of the retina in the offspring of mice exposed to intermittent, mild systemic hypoxia compared with the offspring of unexposed mice. Literature suggests harmful stressors can contribute to disease across generations, but the LSU study suggests nonharmful stress provides protection against disease across generations. The findings were reported in the Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

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