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NZ: Mother’s diet has life-long implications for children

What female rats eat can affect their daughters’ health.

The rat mother’s diet before and during pregnancy can help determine when a daughter reaches puberty and her own reproductive capacity later in life, according a paper authored by Liggins Institute researchers.

Read more: Science Media Centre, 25 August 2009

Healthy start has long term impact

Researchers using an animal model have shown that a mother’s diet before conception and during pregnancy and lactation affects her daughters’ growth, age reaching puberty and later reproductive capacity – all in subtly differing ways.  They note parallels with some human studies.

Read the article: PLoS ONE, 25 August 2009

Read more: Press release, Liggins Institute, 25 August 2009

Published on August 28, 2009 in New Zealand news