Re: Intrauterine gene regulation

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Sat 02 Jul 2005 - 13:04:53 GMT

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    At 07:44 AM 02/07/05 -0400, Denis Donovan wrote:
    >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'?

    The only thing I can think of is the starvation of the Dutch near the end of WW II. That did have long lasting effects on the children, but I can't recall exactly what they were. It depended a lot on timing. There have been extensive studies on the consequences, even into the next generation.

    Keith Henson

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