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2011-05-19 06:56:24

(Ivanhoe Newswire) --Children whose mothers and grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from childhood asthma and researchers may have just figured out why. A new study shows changes in a process called DNA methylation, that occurs before birth, may be a root cause. DNA methylation can alter a gene's typical function, and the altered genes can be passed along from parent to child. For this study, researchers observed DNA methylation-related changes in the AXL gene in...

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2011-05-19 06:05:00

Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant are at an increased risk of developing asthma, possibly because smoking while pregnant can change the structure of the child's DNA, weakening the immune system, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California. The research suggests that changes in a process called DNA methylation, which can alter a gene's normal function, may be responsible for the increased risk. The altered genes can be passed along from parent to...

2011-05-18 14:18:29

Children whose mothers or grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of asthma in childhood, but the underlying causes of this are not well understood. Now a new study indicates changes in a process called DNA methylation that occurs before birth may be a root cause. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. DNA methylation is a process that can alter a gene's usual function. These altered genes can be passed along from parent to child. In this...

2009-03-30 09:31:34

U.S. researchers say they've determined even a tiny genetic variation can control how quickly and well lungs grow and function in children and adolescents. And the University of Southern California scientists say it also can determine how susceptible children will be to exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, even in utero. We wanted to determine whether specific gene variations would have measurable and predictable effects on lung function growth and susceptibility to environmental insults,...


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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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