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Obesity In Adult Mice Typical When Overfed As Infants
2013-04-03 11:50:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas finds that when female mice are overfed as babies, they´re more likely to become obese as adults. The doctors conducting this study believe that this overfeeding changes the female´s DNA in the brain, thus causing her to become obese. Without this outside influence of overfeeding, the DNA is not wired to allow the mouse to grow so large. This is...

2011-02-01 17:27:44

Think of your genome as a dynamic outdoor sculpture. Its shape is, of course, influenced by its structural underpinnings "“ the double helix containing phosphate and two chains of nucleotides attached to a sugar called deoxyribose. These chains wind around each other, linked by hydrogen bonds between the specific bases "“ adenine to thymine and cytosine to guanine. But forces outside your sculpture also act on it. If it were really outside, the forces would be wind, rain, sunlight...

2008-09-25 12:00:15

By Liam Creedon Obesity may increase with each generation because overweight mothers give birth to offspring who have a tendency to become heavier, researchers have claimed. A team of scientists believe that the genetic mechanisms that control the weight of a baby may be changed if the mother is obese before and during pregnancy. This change could lead in turn to the baby becoming heavier than normal. Scientists in Houston, America, made the claim after studying the eating habits of...