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19 May 2011

Smoking in pregnancy changes baby's DNA

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be putting their unborn children at increased risk for a DNA change, a new study suggests.

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be putting their unborn children at increased risk for a DNA change, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that DNA methylation of the AXL gene, a gene that plays an important role in many human cancers and immune response, occurred more than twice as often in children whose mothers had smoked while carrying them in the womb.

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