High fat diet leaves its mark on sperm

Diet changes can affect mouse sperm

source: Wendy Zukerman
New Scientist vol 212 no 2843, December 17 2011 p12

Obese mice fed on bad diets sire offspring that are likely to suffer from insulin resistance, which means that epigenetic changes resulting from diet may persist in sperm cells. Maria Ohlsson Teague with Michelle Lane from Adelaide University, Australia, has found that diet affects the rate of metabolic disorders in offspring.