The Fetal Matrix: Evolution, Development and Disease

The Fetal Matrix: Evolution, Development and Disease

by Peter Gluckman, Mark Hanson
     
 

New discoveries reveal how crucial interactions that determine our destiny occur before birth, when our genes interact with their environment as the embryo and fetus develop. The new concepts in this book are crucial to understanding the public health burden in societies undergoing rapid transition from poverty to affluence. They add an important new dimension to… See more details below

Overview

New discoveries reveal how crucial interactions that determine our destiny occur before birth, when our genes interact with their environment as the embryo and fetus develop. The new concepts in this book are crucial to understanding the public health burden in societies undergoing rapid transition from poverty to affluence. They add an important new dimension to evolutionary theory. Synthesising developmental biology, evolutionary history, medical science, public health and social policy, this is a ground-breaking account by two of the world's leading pioneers in this emerging field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521834575
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Shaping our destiny : genes, environment and their interactions1
2Mother and fetus25
3Fetal choices59
4Predictive adaptive responses and human disease78
5Obesity, diabetes and other diseases103
6The biology of predictive adaptive responses118
7Predictive adaptive responses - critical processes in evolution144
8Evolutionary echoes and the human camel173
9Improving human health190
10Fetal futures206

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