Exposure to Air Pollution Before Birth May Shorten Out Lives

October 2017

Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found.

The length of telomeres — caps at the end of chromosomes, similar to shoelace tips — is considered a marker of biological aging.Based on their results, the researchers theorize that pre-birth exposure to air pollution may lead to negative health consequences later in life.

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