Sunday, January 08, 2006

Boys Being Boys, Hurting Their Sons

The Guardian reports on a study by Marcus Pembrey, a clinical geneticist at the Institute of Child Health in London, which suggests that the behavior of pre-pubescent boys can have a negative impact on the health of their future sons.

Specifically, Pembrey found that men who took up smoking before puberty fathered sons that were overweight as compared to other children. While not quite Lamarckian in scope the study, if confirmed by future findings, is certainly an eye-opener. Boys may be boys, but if Pembrey is right they may want to wait until after puberty.


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