Mums to be have known for some time that what they eat when pregnant affects their unborn child but now researchers at the University of Nottingham believe that our mothers' diet during pregnancy may affect our predisposition to illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure in late life.

As experiments on unborn babies and pregnant mothers are clearly impossible the researchers have turned to embryonic stem cells to examine their theory that a foetus's response to the mother's diet could affect the methylation process which controls gene activity as an organism grows and develops.

Dr Lorraine Young, University of Nottingham
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