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The method could enable lower-cost epidemiological studies of bacteria's role in infection in the genital tract, gastrointestinal tract, and even skin, according to the authors, who believe that diagnostic tests could eventually be developed based on the approach.

The Long Island, NY-based company will use the three biomarkers to develop blood-based tests to predict premature births.

According to a preliminary analysis of the results, the panel is able to predict preterm birth at 24 and 28 weeks gestation with 92 percent sensitivity and 86 percent specificity.

In recent studies, the test, which the company hopes to bring to market by the end of the year, has demonstrated sensitivity as high as 94 percent and specificity as high as 85 percent, said an official.

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead an effort funded by NIAID to study bacterial metagenomics involved in women's genital tract infections.

The University of Nevada’s School of Medicine will use a March of Dimes grant to study gene expression in a variant that could be used to develop a screening test for preterm birth.

The research demonstrates whole genome sequencing's apparent ability to identify potential causative mutations in complex, heritable diseases.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.