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Society: Don’t blame the mothers.

Megamix/Getty From folk medicine to popular culture, there is an abiding fascination with how the experiences of pregnant women imprint on their descendants. The latest wave in this discussion flows from studies of epigenetics - analyses of heritable changes to DNA that affect gene activity but not nucleotide sequence.

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The epigenetic marks made during fetal programming can last a lifetime. Everyone should be concerned by prenatal nutrition of the mother.

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