Special Issue | 15 August 2014Parenting

INTRODUCTIONScience's special section on parenting addresses how parents of any species pass on their DNA, but the biology of parenting and its impacts on the offspring don’t end at birth. Animal parenting behaviors, molecular legacy, and gestation and birthing processes are all highlighted in this issue. [Read the full introduction.]


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Review

Parenting from before conception

Parents can have non-genetic effects on their offspring reflecting their physiological state and/or environment.
Review

Preterm labor: One syndrome, many causes

The recognition and treatment of premature birth must consider the various triggers.
Review

Neural control of maternal and paternal behaviors

Sensory and neural circuits underlie affiliative and agonistic behavior of males and females.
Review

The biology of mammalian parenting and its effects on social development

Mammalian parenting and the social development of offspring.
Review

The evolution of flexible parenting

Parents must balance demands from offspring and environment.
News

Unsettled questions trail IVF’s success

Researchers are still struggling to understand the potential long-term effects of assisted reproduction.
News

Nature’s first functional food

Breast milk feeds helpful microbes, fights harmful ones, provides immunity, and jump-starts a newborn’s life.
News

The taste of things to come

Early postnatal, and even prenatal, experiences shape culinary tastes.
News

An experiment in zero parenting

A controversial study of Romanian orphans reveals long-term harm to the intellect.
Opinion

Maternal mental illness

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