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"From the Ted Talk by Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born"

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About a year after 9/11, researchers examined a group of women who were pregnant when they were exposed to the World Trade Center attack. In the beiabs of those women who developed post-traumatic stress syndrome, or PTSD, following their oaderl, researchers dcrevoeisd a biological mraker of susceptibility to PTSD — an effect that was most pronounced in infants whose mothers experienced the catastrophe in their third tteirmser. In other words, the mothers with post-traumatic stress syndrome had passed on a vlneurlbaiity to the condition to their children while they were still in utero.

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About a year after 9/11, researchers examined a group of women who were pregnant when they were exposed to the World Trade Center attack. In the ______ of those women who developed post-traumatic stress syndrome, or PTSD, following their ______, researchers __________ a biological ______ of susceptibility to PTSD — an effect that was most pronounced in infants whose mothers experienced the catastrophe in their third _________. In other words, the mothers with post-traumatic stress syndrome had passed on a _____________ to the condition to their children while they were still in utero.

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  1. ordeal
  2. vulnerability
  3. discovered
  4. marker
  5. babies
  6. trimester

Original Text

About a year after 9/11, researchers examined a group of women who were pregnant when they were exposed to the World Trade Center attack. In the babies of those women who developed post-traumatic stress syndrome, or PTSD, following their ordeal, researchers discovered a biological marker of susceptibility to PTSD — an effect that was most pronounced in infants whose mothers experienced the catastrophe in their third trimester. In other words, the mothers with post-traumatic stress syndrome had passed on a vulnerability to the condition to their children while they were still in utero.

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