The Duke Child and Family Study Center is evaluating how the father’s environment affects their baby’s genes.
Parents may be exposed to external factors such as air pollution, diet, medication, and substance use before a baby is conceived. The vast majority of studies that investigate these exposures have been focused on mothers.
Few studies have examined the effects of the paternal environment on their child's development. Our goal is to better understand the potential contribution of paternal behavior to the child's development.