Monthly Archives: October 2016

Underfed worms program their babies to cope with famine

Going hungry at an early age can cause lifelong health problems. But the extent of malnutrition’s damage depends on mom’s diet too — at least in worms. A new study of the tiny nematode worm C. elegans finds that young worms that don’t get anything to eat in the first few days of life are buffered from early starvation’s worst effects if their mothers had also been underfed.