‘Battle of the sexes’ begins in womb as father and mother’s genes tussle over nutrition

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Scientists have identified a key signal that the fetus uses to control its supply of nutrients from the placenta, revealing a tug-of-war between genes inherited from the father and from the mother. The study, carried out in mice, could help explain why some babies grow poorly in the womb.

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