The biological basis for prenatal programming of postnatal performance in pigs.

@article{Foxcroft2006TheBB,
  title={The biological basis for prenatal programming of postnatal performance in pigs.},
  author={George Robert Foxcroft and Walter Dixon and Susan Novak and Charles T. Putman and Susanna C. Town and Michael D. Vinsky},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2006},
  volume={84 Suppl},
  pages={E105-12}
}
The main purpose of this review is to discuss associations between within-litter variation in birth weight, and preweaning survival and postnatal growth in the pig, as the basis for suggesting that the developmental competence of pigs born, as well as the size of the litter, need critical consideration. Extremes of intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) occur within a discrete subset of fetuses, substantially smaller than their littermates and commonly described as runt piglets. The lower… CONTINUE READING

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