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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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At a meeting this week, researchers and others discussed the regulatory oversight needed for germline genome editing.

The US Food and Drug Administration has asked questions about Myriad Genetics' GeneSight test, according to Bloomberg.

Researchers report that neutrophil extracellular traps appear to binds gallstones together, according to New Scientist.

In Science this week: approach to infer genotype-by-environment interaction from genetic variants associated with phenotypic variability, and more.