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Hungry Ewes Deliver Offspring Early

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 561-562
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5619.561a

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A study with sheep, reported on page 606, suggests that modest undernutrition for a relatively brief time around conception can trigger an early surge of hormones in the fetus and lead to premature birth.