Category Archives: Science Daily


Sep

18

2018
Exposure to organochlorine pesticides in the womb linked to poorer lung function in childhood

Exposure to organochlorine pesticides in the womb linked to poorer lung function in childhood

Babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in the womb go on to have worse lung function in childhood, according to new research. These compounds, which include the pesticide DDT, as well as electrical insulators and other industrial products, are now banned in most parts of the world. However, because they degrade very slowly, they are still present in the environment and in foods.


Sep

07

2018
Family genetics vital for understanding autism progression

Family genetics vital for understanding autism progression

Research shows that the total amount of rare mutations — deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence — in a person’s genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms.


Sep

07

2018
Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed. The shared lifetime between grandmothers and their grandchildren has a fundamental effect on how grandparents and grandchildren influence each other. A study conducted by biologists, based on Finnish parish registers, indicates that, in this agrarian society, the shared lifetime of grandchildren and their grandmothers was short.



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