Poor nutrition in womb leads to early ageing
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Tuesday 08 March 2011
Babies born to women who eat a poor diet during pregnancy are more likely to suffer prematurely from chronic age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, say scientists.
Poor nutrition in the womb has for the first time been linked with increased susceptibility to premature ageing by a mechanism that involves physical changes to genes involved in metabolism.
The study, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the British Heart Foundation, is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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