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Published on Mar 29, 2012
Speaker: Dr. Roberto Romero, M.D., Chief, Perinatology Research Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Identification of Fetal and Maternal Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Candidate Genes That Predispose to Spontaneous Preterm Labor with Intact Membranes
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified DNA variants in mothers and fetuses that appear to increase the risk for preterm labor and delivery. The DNA variants were in genes involved in the regulation of inflammation and of the extracellular matrix, the mesh-like material that holds cells within tissues.