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Iguana hatches 16 offspring at Turkey’s zoo
A pair of iguanas in the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Zoo have brought 16 hatchlings into the world for the first time.
Maternal smoking may lead to cerebral palsy in offspring
Smoking during pregnancy can be harmful for both mother and baby. Now, a new study provides further evidence that maternal smoking is a risk factor for cerebral palsy in offspring, and it has shed light on the mechanisms behind this association.
Lab-grown sperm makes healthy offspring
Sperm have been made in the laboratory and used to father healthy baby mice in a pioneering move that could lead to infertility treatments.
Parental age influences offspring telomere loss
An NDSU faculty member is among a group of international researchers studying why older parents produce offspring who tend to have shorter lives.
Stressed dads affect offspring brain development
More and more, scientists have realized that DNA is not the only way that a parent can pass on traits to their offspring. Events experienced by a parent over a lifetime can also have an impact.
High-sugar diet in fathers can lead to obese offspring
A new study shows that increasing sugar in the diet of male fruit flies for just one or two days before mating can cause obesity in their offspring through alterations that affect gene expression in the embryo. There is also evidence that a similar system regulates obesity susceptibility in mice and humans.
Cancer treatments in pregnancy safe for offspring
Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest.

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