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JenAge News - January 17, 2011

Cutting food by a third in pregnancy led to fetal brain delays, according to animal study -- Scientists say even moderately less can hurt fetus' brain.

JenAge researcher Otto Witte is co-author of a joint paper by groups from the Jena University Clinic, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio / Texas recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy Science of the USA:

Antonow-Schlorke I, Schwab M, Cox LA, Li C, Stuchlik K, Witte OW, Nathanielsz PW, McDonald TJ:
Vulnerability of the fetal primate brain to moderate reduction in maternal global nutrient availability.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011; [Epub]

The data reported show that a moderate reduction in food during the first half of pregnancy led to impaired brain development in the offspring of baboons. See a news report of the San Antonio Express-News:

"Cutting food by a third in pregnancy led to fetal brain delays, according to animal study -- Scientists say even moderately less can hurt fetus' brain."

News report: