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In a study recently published, researchers in Gambia were able to confirm that the pre-pregnancy diet of Gambian women had lasting effects on their babies’ DNA,  called an “epigenetic” effect. The researchers recruited women during two distinctly different seasons – the dry season, and the rainy season. The weather has a big impact on the crops in Gambia and, thus, on the women’s diets. The natural nutritional cycle lent itself to the study of nutrition and DNA because all women were affected similarly.