Babies feel hugs, right down to their genes

The New York Daily News reported on UBC research that found the amount of close and comforting contact infants receive from their caregivers impacts children at the molecular level.

Michael Kobor, a professor in UBC’s department of medical genetics, and colleagues discovered children who were distressed as babies had “a molecular profile in their cells that was underdeveloped for their age.”

A similar story appeared in the Vancouver Sun.