Intrauterine gene regulation

From: Denis Donovan (
Date: Sat 02 Jul 2005 - 11:44:59 GMT

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    In one of Dawkins's books there is a brief discussion of how maternal nutritional status 'informs' the developing fetus about the nature of the nutritional environment into which it will be born -- with the obvious consequences of greater predisposition to conditions such as diabetes if the mother is nutritionally deprived during pregnancy
    ("I'll have the baby but I refuse to gain weight and lose my figure") and the baby is born into a world of gluttony. Can anyone recall the location of this brief discussion?

    Additionally, is anyone aware of good research on the degree to which maternal nutritional status during pregnancy actually determines post-natal metabolic 'style'?


    Denis Donovan

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