Overweight women have a higher risk of delivering biologically older babies who are are more susceptible to age-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
We are seeing increasing numbers of young, slim children with type 2 diabetes. This means obesity and lifestyle factors may not be the whole story behind the disease's rising rates.
Scientists have uncovered the genetics that explain the snake's impressive length – and used the science to create extra-long mice.
Scientists find the missing link in epigenetics that could explain the mystery of inherited disease.
A few cancers vanish without any medical treatment. Researchers are studying these 'spontaneous regressions' to see if they can lead to new cancer treatments.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
The link between season of birth and the risk of having allergies is well known. A new study sheds light on why this link exists.
Just because identical twins have exactly the same DNA, doesn't mean they will have the same physical features.
Many take for granted that epigenetics will lead to a more inclusive and equal society. But there are signs that quite the opposite could be true.
Gene mutation associated with schizophrenia could have implications for other developmental disorders.
We all know that stress can wreak havoc on your health but what does it do to your genes?
Scientists have discovered the genetic "switch" that causes many animals, including fish, frogs and humans, to look the same at a certain point in embryonic development.
Research on how our lifestyles affect our genes raises the possibility of giving your future kids a better start in life before they're even born.
A new study from Denmark shows that a man's weight can affect the information carried by his sperm.
It's time for neurons to share the glory. Gene activity isn't just a background utility of the brain, but an integral part of its operation.
A new study has looked at the 'father effect' in epigenetics.
The study of human intelligence dates back well over 100 years. And the core disagreement between researchers and theorists is whether differences are genetic or largely influenced by the environment.
Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
It takes a careful balance between art and science to illustrate the processes that take place within our cells and explain the complexities of epigenetics.