The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects

Abstract:

Forthcoming Fall 2021. This book is a history of the life of the idea, in the twentieth and twenty-first century biosciences, that a pregnant woman’s health, behavior, and milieu can have intergenerational effects on her descendants. Today, research on maternal effects is emerging as a robust program of study in medicine, public health, psychology, evolutionary biology, and genomics. Tracing a genealogy of ideas about heredity and maternal-fetal effects, The Maternal Imprint offers a critical analysis of conceptual and ethical issues provoked by the striking rise of epigenetics and fetal origins science in postgenomic biology.

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