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I've been reading this article.

And I came across this paragraph:

We certainly need to further examine the meaning of these differences; yet, this is early evidence that sperm carries information about a man's weight. And our results imply that weight loss in fathers may influence the eating behaviour or their future children," says Romain Barrès.

I want to know, in this part:

And our results imply that weight loss in fathers may influence the eating behaviour or their future children.

When it says the eating behaviour, who does the paragraph refers to? The father or future children?

How do I tell who the paragraph refers to?

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    This is just sad. – Ricky Dec 22 '15 at 0:47
  • @Ricky: What is sad? – GforOevOerD Dec 22 '15 at 7:51
  • That people use that kind of style to write that kind of articles that other people actually kind of read. Sad, sad, sad. – Ricky Dec 22 '15 at 8:32
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I'm guessing this is just a typo. "influence the eating behaviour or their future children" should be "influence the eating behaviour of their future children".

This is a common typo and hard to spot in proofreading.

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    Reading more of the article, there is no need to guess, this is a typo. – Stephie Dec 21 '15 at 20:17
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    Considering that letter 'R' is just above letter 'F' on the keyboard. – shin Dec 21 '15 at 20:45
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    If it were or it would make no sense. But in answer to the OP's question it is the future children, whose eating behaviour is influenced. – WS2 Dec 21 '15 at 21:36
  • @Stephie: You are right, but when it comes to translating scientific articles, you have to be far above than accurate. – GforOevOerD Dec 22 '15 at 7:54

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