The maternal imprint. The contested science of maternal-fetal effects. (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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The maternal imprint. The contested science of maternal-fetal effects.

Author: Sarah S Richardson
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The idea that a woman may leave a biological trace on her gestating offspring has long been a commonplace folk intuition and a matter of scientific intrigue, but the form of that idea has changed dramatically over time. Beginning with the advent of modern genetics at the turn of the twentieth century, biomedical scientists dismissed any notion that a mother-except in cases of extreme deprivation or injury-could  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah S Richardson
ISBN: 9780226544779 022654477X
OCLC Number: 1286805028
Description: 376 p.
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Maternal Imprint 2. Sex Equality in Heredity 3. Prenatal Culture 4. Germ Plasm Hygiene 5. Maternal Effects 6. Race, Birth Weight, and the Biosocial Body 7. Fetal Programming 8. It's the Mother! 9. Epilogue: Gender and Heredity in the Postgenomic Moment Acknowledgments Notes References Index
Responsibility: Sarah S. Richardson.

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The idea that a woman may leave a biological trace on her gestating offspring has long been a commonplace folk intuition and a matter of scientific intrigue, but the form of that idea has changed dramatically over time. Beginning with the advent of modern genetics at the turn of the twentieth century, biomedical scientists dismissed any notion that a mother-except in cases of extreme deprivation or injury-could alter her offspring's traits. Consensus asserted that a child's fate was set by a combination of its genes and post-birth upbringing. 0 Over the last fifty years, however, this consensus was dismantled, and today, research on the intrauterine environment and its effects on the fetus is emerging as a robust program of study in medicine, public health, psychology, evolutionary biology, and genomics. Collectively, these sciences argue that a woman's experiences, behaviors, and physiology can have life-altering effects on offspring development. 0 Tracing a genealogy of ideas about heredity and maternal-fetal effects, this book offers a critical analysis of conceptual and ethical issues-in particular, the staggering implications for maternal well-being and reproductive autonomy-provoked by the striking rise of epigenetics and fetal origins science in postgenomic biology today.

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"An outstanding depiction of the mutual constitution of science and society. Cleverly unpacking the complex history of scientific debates on so-called 'maternal impressions' (later, 'maternal Read more...

 
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