Mechanisms of fetal origins of health problems in adults need to be investigated

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7152.210a (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:210
  1. Jonathan Seck, Moncrieff-Arnott professor of molecular medicine.
  1. University of Edinburgh, Molecular Medicine Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

    EDITOR–Stanner et al found that maternal starvation during pregnancy during the siege of Leningrad was not associated with alterations in birth variables or cardiovascular or metabolic pathophysiology in infants.1 In their commentary on the paper Rich-Edwards and Gillman call for animal studies to determine the underlying mechanisms for the hypothesis of fetal origins that was proposed by Barker et al. …

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