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Researchers profiled the composition and gene content of microbial communities in mouth, gut, and vaginal samples collected from 10 pregnant women.

Researchers sequenced mothers who experienced preterm birth and found a possible role for steroid signaling in birth timing.

Researchers from Stanford University reported in a pilot study that seven RNA transcripts could predict preterm birth.

They acknowledge that while the technical hurdles of proteomic test development have become manageable, commercialization is still a major challenge.

Researchers used a machine learning approach to link variants in the PPARG gene to abnormal brain development seen among preterm infants.

The researchers said that better diagnostics are needed to distinguish between false preterm labor and true preterm labor to prevent unnecessary treatment.

In a wide-ranging discussion, the two leaders touched upon vaccine development, infant mortality, US education, research funding, machine learning, and precision medicine.

A new genome-wide association study involving data from thousands of 23andMe customers implicated six loci in gestational duration or preterm birth risk.

The study details the validation of the mass spec-based preterm birth test, which the company launched nationwide last month through its agreement with LabCorp.

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In PLOS this week: variants linked to risk of preterm birth, microbiome of New York's money, and more.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.

The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.