Recent increase in ovarian disease partly attributed to ‘epigenetic transgenerational inheritance’
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Exposure to toxic chemicals in pesticides, plastics and hydrocarbons from fuel can cause ovarian disease across generations, according to Washington State University researchers who tracked the impacts in lab rats.
“What your great grandmother was exposed to when she was pregnant may promote ovarian disease in you and you’re going to pass it on to your grandchildren,”said biologist Michael Skinner. “Ovarian disease has been increasing over the past few decades to effect more than 10 percent of the human female population and environmental epigenetics may provide a reason for this increase,” he said.
The research shows that ovarian disease can result from exposures to a wide range of environmental chemicals and be inherited by future generations through “epigenetic transgenerational inheritance.” (more…)