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When Pregnant Mom Smokes, Baby's DNA May Change
Date:5/18/2011

other than changes to the underlying DNA sequence, is a largely unexplored area of research that holds great promise for understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie exposure-disease associations, Breton added.

"We are interested in further characterizing the pattern of epigenetic marks across this gene and whether there is a widespread response to both maternal smoking exposure and air pollution exposure in utero," she said. "We hope to also evaluate timing of effects of exposure during trimester by increasing the number of samples we evaluated in a manner that will let us compare trimester-specific exposures."

Experts note that research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary because it has not been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny given to research published in medical journals.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on smoking and pregnancy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, May 18, 2011


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