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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
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The fetus is able to modify gene functions in response to exposure to adverse conditions that threaten its immediate chances of survival.

______ True    ______ False

Summary Introduction

To examine: Whether the statement “The fetus is able to modify gene functions in response to exposure to adverse conditions that threaten its immediate chances of survival” is true or false.

Introduction: The growth and development of the fetus occur in the uterus of the mother. The mother provides the nutrition and energy to the growing fetus. However, the growing fetus can face adverse conditions in the form of certain infections or nutrient deficiency that can threaten its survival.

Explanation

Developmental plasticity refers to the ability of the fetus to modify gene functions in response to its immediate environment. These changes are necessary for the fetus for survival. For example, an inadequate supply of glucose by the mother to the growing fetus ...

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