University of Oxford Find Maternal Diet And Genes Interact To Affect Heart Development  
7/7/2010 7:26:16 AM

EurekAlert! -- A pregnant mother's diet may be able to interact with the genes her unborn child inherits and influence the type or severity of birth defect according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, suggests that mothers who eat a high fat diet before and through pregnancy could be inadvertently putting the health of their offspring at risk.