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Stressed jizz could lead to whack babies, according to scientists

We already know that men are producing less sperm all over the globe. Now, a new study claims that stressed jizz can lead to entire stressed-out generations.

The new study, led by Jennifer Chan, a neuroendocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania, suggested that stress in male mice could have an effect on their sperm and thus their offspring.

This effect was seen even after considerable time had passed. Chan and her research team discovered,

“Remarkably, studies in our mouse model reveal that males bred 3 months following stress exposure continue to produce offspring with altered stress reactivity, suggesting a lasting effect.”

From the mouse models, the researchers focused on the part of the male reproductive tract called the caput epididymis, the place where sperm cells mature and get lit.

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When the mice were exposed to a predator odor, the offspring of the stressed-out mice fathers overproduced the stress hormone corticosterone.

The mice dads without this hormonal receptor in the epididymis had offspring with normal hormonal responses.

Humans could carry similar signs as there are similar vesicles that are present in a human’s skeet, even after rubbing one out.

According to Science News, earlier work has shown that epididymis cells release small packets filled with RNA that can fuse to sperm and change their genetic payload.

Experiments on cells in dishes revealed that chronic exposure to corticosterone changed the RNA in these vesicles.

The results offer an explanation of how stress can change sperm: By activating the glucocorticoid receptor, stress tweaks the RNA in epididymis vesicles.

Then, those vesicles deliver their altered contents to sperm, passing stress to the next generation. According to previous studies,

“Exposures to environmental insults such as stress, diet, drugs or toxins have been linked with increased risk of neuropsychiatric disease in subsequent generations.”

So, what does this mean for our future human papas? The research team concluded that the studies suggest that “paternal experiences can have lasting changes on the germline and future offspring brain development.”

There is a lot more research to be done as Chan and her team are studying the jizz samples of college students where their stress levels will be determined based on their exam schedules.

The results found will tell us whether humans carry similar signs of stress in these RNA-loaded vesicles.

For now, stay worry-free homie. Don’t let the haters stress your jizz out. It could have lasting effects on your next seed.

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