An Introduction To Environmental Biophysics by Gaylon S. Campbell

By Gaylon S. Campbell

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Men exposed to famine conditions in utero during the first trimester experienced a nearly twofold increased risk of obesity. Other studies have reported a U-shaped relationship between birth weight and the risk of diet-related chronic diseases. Low birth weight is also reported to enhance the risk of increased blood pressure. Positive associations between postnatal weight gains and adult systolic blood pressure have also been reported. Some investigations detected this relationship only among those who experienced rapid weight gain in early childhood but not during infancy.

Network reconstruction (Step 2) can be approached in two different ways: from the top down or from the bottom up. The top-down approach performs various statistical calculations with data from a high-throughput data set and looks for correlations. In a gene network, for example, one would look for pairs of genes that were always expressed at the same time or for genes that were negatively correlated, with one of them on whenever the other was off, and vice versa. The approach is a “very coarse-grained resolution” of how gene networks function; nevertheless, it does have some utility.

Html EPIGENETICS 29 to enhance short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes, for example, food fortification policies, nutrient supplement use, and population-based chronic disease management. More immediately compelling, however, is the growing relevance of maternal care and growth-monitoring programs. Data from studies with humans and animals that support links between prenatal and early childhood growth patterns and multiple long-term disease risks underscore the need for promoting physiologic growth in utero and throughout childhood and the need for robust tools to enable those assessments.

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