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  • 'Hunker down' stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

    A group photo of Illinois researchers, standing outdoors and socially distanced.

    Living in a violent neighborhood increased stress-related gene activity in low-income Black mothers, a study from the University of Illinois and collaborators found.

    Illinois professors pictured, from left: Sandra Rodriguez-Zas, animal sciences; Andrew Greenlee, urban and regional planning; Gene Robinson, entomology and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Ruby Mendenhall, sociology, African American studies and assistant dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Ruby Mendenhall, email To reach Gene Robinson, email To reach Clare Rittschof, email

    The paper “Transcriptomic analyses of black women in neighborhoods with high levels of violence” is available online.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105174