Wednesday, April 23, 2008
...that's what little boys are made of? Nature News is reporting on a paper that suggests that that diet influences the gender of your offspring. In a retrospective study, the authors asked women about their diet in the weeks leading up to pregnancy and analyzed the results. They found that women with a higher caloric intake were more likely to have boys. The researchers think it may have to do with high blood glucose levels. Though a potential mechanism is unclear, they note that many animals give birth to more males when resources are plentiful.