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Obese Dads Increase Offspring’s Risk of Disease

A recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine suggests that obesity in parents, particularly the father, may be related to an increased risk of developing certain cancers in their children. The research team led by Adelheid Soubry, PhD, associate of Duke Cancer Institute wanted to determine the link between obesity in parents and changes in DNA methylation at the IGF2 (insulin-like growth factor 2) gene in their offspring. DNA methylation regulates the activity of certain genes and a decrease in this process has been associated with higher risk of cancer development such as ovarian and colorectal cancers. The study […]

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