New Paper by Professor Charles Savona-Ventura in Nova Biomedical Book The Thrifty Diet Phenotype: A Case for Endogenous Physiological Teratogenesis is the subject of a chapter published by Nova Science Publishers in the scientific book entitled Birth Defects: New Research edited by Janet V. Engels. This study reviews the epidemiological and clinical studies carried out by the author and other workers during the last two decades on the Maltese population to show how dietary stresses during pregnancy can contribute to a process of physiological teratogenesis causing a Thrifty Diet Phenotype which in the presence of an abundant diet results in the Metabolic Syndrome. Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura is currently Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.