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Prenatal Famine Effects Can Last Lifetime

November 4, 2008

U.S. and Dutch researchers suggest prenatal exposure to famine can lead to epigenetic -- gene -- changes that may affect a person's health into midlife.

Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York and the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands said previous studies have suggested that adult disease risk may be associated with adverse environmental conditions early in development, these data are the first to show that early-life environmental conditions can cause epigenetic changes in humans that persist throughout life.

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