The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago.

Editor’s notes: To reach Ruby Mendenhall, email rubymen@illinois.edu. To reach Gene Robinson, email generobi@illinois.edu. To reach Clare Rittschof, email clare.rittschof@uky.edu.

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

The original article by the Illinois News Bureau can be found here.