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Rodent Studies Suggest Mother's Diet Can Affect Genes and Offspring's Risk of Allergic Asthma

A pregnant mouse's diet can induce epigenetic changes that increase the risk her offspring will develop allergic asthma, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and Duke University Medical Center. Pregnant mice that consumed diets high in supplements containing methyl-donors, such as folic acid,  had offspring with more severe allergic airway disease than offspring from mice that consumed diets low in methyl-containing foods.

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