epigenetics

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers…

Allergy risk ‘depends on your month of birth’

New research at the University of Southampton claims that the likelihood of developing seasonal allergies depends on your month of…

A stressful pregnancy matters — it can affect a baby’s genes

Everyone has heard of postnatal depression, but not everyone knows that mothers are as likely to be depressed during pregnancy…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…