DNA methylation profiles suggest intergenerational transfer of maternal effects

Clare Venney, Oliver Love, Jane Drown & Daniel Heath
The view of maternal effects (non-genetic maternal environmental influence on offspring phenotype) has changed from one of distracting complications in evolutionary genetics to an important evolutionary mechanism for improving offspring fitness. Recent studies have shown that maternal effects act as an adaptive mechanism to prepare offspring for stressful environments. Although research into the magnitude of maternal effects is abundant, the molecular mechanisms of maternal influences on offspring phenotypic variation are not fully understood. Despite recent...
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