Eat Baby Food
A researcher finds genes which influence women’s motherhood choices

A researcher finds genes which influence women’s motherhood choices

A group of Oxford researchers realized that women prefer having children in later stage in life despite strong will to reproduce when they are young. The researchers studied DNA samples of 7000 women and reached the conclusion. The scientists were trying to understand the impact of role genetics over the age of reproduction of women.  Its effect on the number of children was also studied. Women’s genetic makeup was analyzed by researchers. 

The sample consisted of women, who attained motherhood at different ages. The DNA analysis pointed out around 15 percent age variation in first time mother and around 10 percent difference about the number of children.  The studies conducted in this domain before mostly focus on the sociological dimension of the women’s choice. Oxford University’s Melinda Mills is highlighting biological origins of late motherhood. Many trends such as continuing education, better participation in economy and contraceptive options can be explained biologically in terms of women due to this research. 

 The researcher has been successful to link the genetic structure with age of mothers and number of children.  The follow-up study will be out soon which will give detailed information about the genes which influence these choices.  Mills has informed that there is no one specific gene but combined effect of many genetic components is leading to this trend.  There are certain sets of genes which directly influence the fertility of a female. The less fertile female will take longer time to conceive and this may affect her personality and will to study. 

 

The Closer View

What’s the alternative to buttons on baby clothes?
What’s the alternative to buttons on baby clothes?

Buttons are hazardous for babies; that is, they can pull them off and may choke on them when you are not looking. It’s not just the trouble of choking, but buttons can be a pain to deal with on a newborn or a wriggly new baby. Buttons are cute, but alternatives will make your life much easier.…

  • Lids for Kids is a bicycle helmet safety program
  • Five tips to help baby fall asleep
  • Mothers in Malta shelters may lose children when evicted

Editor's Pick

Martin Bilodeau explains the benefits of quinoa
Martin Bilodeau explains the benefits of quinoa

Martin Bilodeau is a food entrepreneur interested in introducing the benefits of quinoa. He has made it his mission to let more people know the health benefits of it. He is the founder and CEO Cie 2 Ameriks, a producer and importer of GoGo Quinoa, a line that includes over 50 organic, vegan, and…

Reader's Choice

Rice Blast Destroys 30% of World's Rice Production
Rice Blast Destroys 30% of World's Rice Production

For years, as much as 30% of the world's rice crop has been devastated annually and rendered useless by a type of fungus. Recent breakthroughs suggest that scientists have finally found a way to put an end to this. The team of scientists, an international group led by the University of Exeter in…

  • Matcha from Japan – not just a beverage
    Matcha from Japan – not just a beverage
  • Three Quick and Easy Crock Pot Recipes
    Three Quick and Easy Crock Pot Recipes
  • Four delicious takes on mac and cheese
    Four delicious takes on mac and cheese
  • Three no-bake cookie recipes your kids will love
    Three no-bake cookie recipes your kids will love

Recent commented

Photography

  • Five foods you can poach for a healthier meal