Gestational Fetal Genomics Bioengineering to Improve Individual and Public Health


Austin J Biotechnol Bioeng. 2015; 2(4): 1050.

Gestational Fetal Genomics Bioengineering to Improve Individual and Public Health

Akbar Nikkhah*

Department of Animal Sciences, University of Zanjan, Iran

*Corresponding author: Akbar Nikkhah, Chief Highly Distinguished Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zanjan, Foremost Principal Highly Distinguished Professor and Elite-Generating Scientist, National Elite Foundation, Iran

Received: July 13, 2015; Accepted: August 28, 2015; Published: August 31, 2015


This article develops a pragmatic strategy to optimize child healthy growth and forthcoming public health through manipulating foetal genomics during pregnancy. This is also to minimize risks from metabolic complexities. Affecting genome properties in foetal cells may be realized by optimizing pregnant women’s life style and food regimens. Optimizing exercise intensity, frequency and timing, circadian eating occasions, social interactions and atmosphere, and exposure to fluctuating environments are to be pursued.

Keywords: Child health; Pregnancy; Foetal genomics

Innovation and Elaboration

Pregnancy is known for its challenging of maternal metabolism and health and thereby child quality of birth and postpartum growth and development. Despite lasting for only approximately 9 months, foetal life must be considered greatly crucial in determining the entire lifetime quality of the resulting individual as a child, youth, adult and elderly [1-3]. This means that many health issues that neonates, children, adults, and elderlies suffer from may be effectively prevented or become workable with minimal unfavourable effects, should foetal genomics be manipulated constructively and rhythmically during gestation [2-4].

Many of today’s diseases and health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular malfunction, nervous system’s abnormalities, memory issues, and aging related challenges have somehow roots in gestational environment and genomic development characteristics. For instance, effective adaptation to reduced air oxygen pressure, cold temperatures, humid conditions, and nutrient availability variations can fundamentally develop over pregnancy when foetal genomics properties develop and specialize [2].

Regular, appropriate, and adequately intensive physical activity during all phases of pregnancy can improve maternal intermediary metabolism by enhancing insulin sensitivity and minimizing gestational visceral adiposity and diabetes [1,4-7]. This could basically enhance foetal genomic status in dealing with glucose intolerance at certain unique times over the resulting individual lifespan. Sufficient exercise during pregnancy can modulate maternal substrate turnover and optimize fuelling foetal tissues for healthy growth towards optimal birth weight and height. For instance, for a foetus whose parents are lower than average in body size and height, gestational optimization in extent and timing of exercise, resting, and eating can generate a child that is normal and above average in phenotype. It is theorized that childhood and adulthood obesity risk may be effectively minimized by optimizing maternal, and thus, foetal nutrient metabolism.

Night overeating during gestation is greatly discouraged [8,9]. Due to nocturnal glucose intolerance, large nocturnal meals may seriously damage pancreatic cells and increase diabetes development and indeed central obesity. The latter weakens immunity and sets the stage for occurrence of other health disorders. Obesity is currently a hot research topic as far as maternal and child-adult health and life quality are concerned [10-12].

Involvement in thought-provoking and psyche-relaxing social activities is suggested to improve neonatal adaptations to the new environment post-birth. Timely and complementary brain development and nervous function may be optimized as the neonate grows, as a result. However, it is unexplored if such a gestational training, social and nutritional program can affect occurrence of any of brain and nerve related diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) frequently observed today.


Manipulating foetal genomics through altering maternal daily programs of physical and social activity as well as nutrition and health, should significantly help optimize neonatal, childhood, youthhood, adulthood and elderly well-being and quality of life. Future research is required before group-specified global guidelines may be formulated.


Thanks to Iran’s Ministry of Science Research and Technology, National Elite Foundation, and University of Zanjan for supporting the author’s global programs of optimizing science edification in the third millennium.


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Citation: Nikkhah A. Gestational Fetal Genomics Bioengineering to Improve Individual and Public Health. Austin J Biotechnol Bioeng. 2015; 2(4): 1050. ISSN: 2378-3036

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