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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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The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.