Passing on the Change

Environmental effects may be passed from father to offspring through epigenetic changes, the New York Times reports.

Carl Zimmer writes that a 2013 study uncovered epigenetic differences between children with lean fathers versus children with obese fathers, hinting that this difference in weight might be behind the epigenetic changes.

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