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High-Fat Diet in Mice Affects Social Behavior Across Generations
Pups born to mice whose mothers had been fed a high-fat diet showed social deficits, a study shows. 
High-Fat Diet in Mice Affects Social Behavior Across Generations
High-Fat Diet in Mice Affects Social Behavior Across Generations

Pups born to mice whose mothers had been fed a high-fat diet showed social deficits, a study shows. 

Pups born to mice whose mothers had been fed a high-fat diet showed social deficits, a study shows. 

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Infographic: Questions Linger About Epigenetic Inheritance
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022 | 3 min read
Some studies suggest that associations between the health of children and the experiences of their parents or grandparents may be due to epigenetic mechanisms, but confounding factors challenge this interpretation.
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Does Human Epigenetic Inheritance Deserve a Closer Look?
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022 | 10+ min read
The concept of epigenetic inheritance has long been controversial. Some researchers hope that new data on cross-generational effects of environmental exposures will help settle the debate.
No Transgenerational Effects of Chernobyl Radiation Found
Abby Olena, PhD | Apr 22, 2021 | 4 min read
The genomes of the children of people exposed to fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident appear to carry no trace of the incident.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 17, 2020 | 4 min read
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
Could Grandpa’s Early Diet Affect Your Health?
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2019 | 4 min read
A large study seeks to answer whether a man’s childhood diet has transgenerational repercussions.
Effects of Antidepressants Span Three Generations in Fish
Diana Kwon | Dec 10, 2018 | 4 min read
Fluoxetine dampened stress responses in zebrafish embryos exposed to the drug—and their descendants.
Nicotine’s Effects Passed On Through Generations of Mice
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018 | 2 min read
Male rodents exposed to nicotine had changes in sperm genome methylation and produced pups and grandpups with abnormal behavior.
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