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Earlier studies in mice by ARS molecular geneticist Robert Waterland showed that the mother’s diet before and during pregnancy affects DNA methylation in her offspring, leading to permanent changes in the function of certain genes.

Caption for March 2020 Tellus article, "Infant Overnutrition May Lead to Health Problems Later in Life" - Molecular geneticist Robert Waterland examines the effects of overnutrition in mice. ARS research has shown that overnutrition during fetal stages and infancy could lead to future health problems, including type 2 diabetes. 

Photo by Stephen Ausmus.


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