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Of microbes and mothers – certain gut bacteria in mice can disrupt the mother-child relationship

By Bill Sullivan, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology; author of Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, Indiana University
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There is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking and confusing than a mother who neglects her children.

In 2017, approximately 675,000 children in the U.S. were victims of mistreatment, with 75% reported as neglected. The early postnatal months are critical to ensure proper physical and psychological development; children who are neglected during this phase can experience stunted growth as well as behavioral…

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