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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Science Stories: Fit for a gene – how sex-biased gene expression contributes to fetal growth

It is well known that there are sex differences in fetal growth in utero. Males are, on average, larger than females at birth – demonstrating that males grow faster in utero. However, this difference in fetal growth has other consequences. Several studies have shown that the sex of the fetus can also influence the risk […]

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Media Release: Why are girl babies winning in the battle for survival?

Sexual inequality between boys and girls starts as early as in the mother’s womb – but how and why this occurs could be a key to preventing higher rates of preterm birth, stillbirth and neonatal death among boys. A team from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute has been studying the underlying genetic and […]

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Media Release: Poor diet before pregnancy is linked with preterm birth

University of Adelaide research has for the first time confirmed that women who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute investigated the dietary patterns of more than 300 South […]

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How your parents’ diet before your birth impacts your health

Chromosomes and genes contain the blueprint for your physical characteristics. But your parents’ health and diet before you were conceived can also affect how your genes are expressed – and impact your long-term health. There’s a good explanation for this. What’s known as the “periconception period” covers the final stages of egg and sperm growth, […]

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The Conversation: How your parent’s diet before your birth impacts your health

Author: Melanie McDowall   Chromosomes and genes contain the blueprint for your physical characteristics. But your parents’ health and diet before you were conceived can also affect how your genes are expressed – and impact your long-term health. There’s a good explanation for this. What’s known as the “periconception period” covers the final stages of egg […]

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Travel Story: Sam Buckberry – PhD Candidate

Sam Buckberry from the Robinson Research Institute’s Placental Development group, attended the Lorne Genome Conference in Victoria in February 2014. Sam’s abstract was succesfully accepted for both a poster and an oral presentation on the topic: Integrative transcriptome meta-analysis reveals widespread sex-biased gene expression patterns in the human placenta. Sam won a $500 award for […]

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