When we’re nervous our bodies react in a bunch of different ways. Our hearts might beat faster, our breathing speeds up and sometimes we get all sweaty! But why do we perspire when we’re perturbed? Or get clammy when we’re concerned? We asked Yana Kamberov, a geneticist who studies skin at the University of Pennsylvania, to help us find the answer.

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