Obese Father Can Affect His Unborn Child: Report

Obese Father Can Affect His Unborn Child: Report

It was known until now that a mother's eating and dietary habit can have a huge impact on her unborn child. But, as per a recent report, a father's diet too can have the same implication.

A study dubbed the `Newborn Epigenetics Study' was conducted by Dr. Cathrine Hoyoof and Dr. Adelheid Soubry at Duke University Hospital. The same revealed that the gene named IGF2 found in newborns comes from their obese fathers. And obese mothers play no role in the same.

The study appeared in the journal BMC Medicine. The same included collection of data related to parental weight and comparison of the same with the epigenetic - gene - data of their newborn.

While DNA is comprised of genetic information that children inherit from parents, epigenetic imprinting like DNA methylation is responsible for controlling how active the genes are. The report has found that DNA methylation, a biochemical process, involves alteration of the expression of genes in the cells. It is when the cells divide and distinguish from embryonic stem cells.

It has been told that IGF2 ciphers for a growth factor and is vital during fetal development. But, the gene's abnormal control can be seen in cancer.

"During spermatogenesis some regions in the DNA may be sensitive to environmental damage; these effects can be transmitted to the next generation", said study leader Soubry.

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