The researchers said a microbiome-based test could expand the number of individuals who are screened for the disease.
Researchers identified a handful of microbes associated with spontaneous preterm birth, and highlighted host immune protein levels with potential ties to the condition.
The company shared details of its methods and results of some internal experiments but has been met with skepticism by members of the research community.
Microba currently offers a direct-to-consumer gut microbiome profile product and plans to release additional products for clinical and research use cases.
A team led by University of Manitoba researchers found pumped breast milk has lower overall bacterial diversity and an enrichment of environmental bacteria.
The uncultured candidate bacterial species increase the diversity of human gut bacterial lineages almost threefold and will benefit future research.
In Science this week: discussion of combining immunotherapies with targeted treatments, and more.
In Nature this week: new CRISPR nuclease described, gut bacteria reference, and more.
Two research groups have cultured and sequenced microbes in fecal samples from healthy volunteers, producing new reference genomes for hundreds of species.
In PLOS this week: microRNAs linked to brain metastasis risk in lung cancer, effects of Crohn's disease-linked mutation, and more.
Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.
A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.
In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."
In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.