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Genetic Factors In Nutrition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127159508, 9780323149600

Genetic Factors In Nutrition

1st Edition

Editor: Hector Bourges
eBook ISBN: 9780323149600
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1984
Page Count: 458
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Genetic Factors in Nutrition presents the proceedings of the International Workshop on Genetic Factors in Nutrition, held in Teotihuacan, Mexico, on August 4-8, 1982. The papers explore the link between genetics and nutrition in the context of biological evolution. They provide examples of successful interaction between the two disciplines and consider some aspects of nutrient requirements, as well as utilization and consideration of methodological approaches to evaluate nutritional status, with an emphasis on malnutrition. Divided into six parts encompassing 29 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of genetics and nutrition from an evolutionary perspective, citing findings among Amerindians. It proceeds with a discussion of the potential application of genetic epidemiology in nutritional research, nutrient requirements and metabolism, the association between obesity and energy balance, and assessment of nutritional status. It also presents case studies of the correlation between genetics and nutrition before introducing the reader to genetic inheritance and growth in human groups suffering from chronic under-nutrition. Some data derived from nutrition longitudinal studies are analyzed to interpret the nutrition-genetics interaction. This book will be a valuable source of information for scientists and students in genetics and nutrition.

Table of Contents



I. Evolutionary and Genetic Framework

Genetics and Nutrition: An Evolutionary Perspective

Evolution, Man, and Food: A Nutritionist's View

Genetic Epidemiology as a Potential Tool in Nutritional Research

II. Interactions between Genetics and Nutrition: Case Studies

Nutritional Genetics: Case Studies

Inborn Errors of Nutrient Metabolism: Garrod's Lessons and Legacies


Lactase Deficiency

Determinants of Individual and Population Blood Lipoprotein Levels

The Interaction of Genetic and Nutritional Factors in Hyperlipidemia

Discussion: The Mendelian Hyperlipidemias

Victuals and Versatility: A Discussion

III. Nutrient Requirements and Metabolism

Variability of Nutrient Requirements

Variability of Nutrient Requirements in the Human

Genetics and Intestinal Absorption

Intestinal Microflora and Nutrient Requirements

Nutrition and Parasitism

Biological Factors Influencing the Utilization of Amino Acids

Human Amino Acid Nutrition

Observations on Protein Turnover

The Use of Stable Isotopes to Study Nitrogen Metabolism in Homozygous Sickle Cell Disease

IV. Energy Balance

Energy Balance and Obesity

Metabolic Efficiency in Mutant Mice

Obesity—Lessons from Experimental Medicine

V. Assessment of Nutritional Status

Limitations of Metabolic Studies

Genetics, Environment, and Growth: Issues in the Assessment of Nutritional Status

Genetic Inheritance and Growth in Human Groups Suffering from Chronic Undernutrition

Some Data Derived from Nutrition Longitudinal Studies Relevant to the Interpretation of Nutrition and Genetic Interaction

VI. Prospectives

Future Needs and Developments

Future Needs and Developments: A Geneticist's Point of View



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