Starvation effects handed down for generations

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/frHfC-2eW4I/150731105240.htm

Starvation early in life can alter an organism for generations to come, according to a new study in nematodes. The epigenetic effects are a ‘bet-hedging strategy.’ Famine survivors are smaller and less fertile, and they acquire a toughness that lasts at least two generations. The mechanism of the epigenetic inheritance has not been identified, however.

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