Daughter's Tolerance of Mom Matters in Mate Choice

Academic Article


  • Mendelian genetics presumes inheritance of fitness through DNA. Kinder et al. find that maternal microchimerism induces stable immune tolerance to non-inherited maternal antigens in offspring. Female offspring that share these antigens with their mate experience reduced fetal wasting, establishing a role for vertical transmission of non-genetic information in reproductive fitness.
  • Published In

  • Cell  Journal
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    Author List

  • Singer JR; Weaver CT
  • Start Page

  • 467
  • End Page

  • 469
  • Volume

  • 162
  • Issue

  • 3