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Gene that helps form trauma-related memories may also help prevent PTSD | ScienceDaily

Gene that helps form trauma-related memories may also help prevent PTSD | ScienceDaily

A specific gene that helps form memories from traumatic events can be manipulated — and in doing so may actually help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study led NYU Langone Medical Center that recently published in Neuropharmacology.

Specifically, the findings explain how a particular gene — called fkbp5 — is involved in a phenomenon known as “fear extinction,” through which animals and humans disassociate with fearful memories of a traumatic experience, such as war, assault or a natural disaster. Most people recover with no ill effects, but approximately one out of 10 go on to develop PTSD.

Source: Gene that helps form trauma-related memories may also help prevent PTSD — ScienceDaily