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A gene linked to premature births has been discovered, scientists in the US and Finland have said.
The researchers hope their study, published in PLoS Genetics, could eventually lead to a test for women at risk of a pre-term birth.
In the UK, one in 10 babies is born before the 37th week of pregnancy, with potential problems for their health.
They looked for DNA which showed evidence of "accelerated evolution" - genes which have mutated more in humans than in other primates.
They identified 150 genes.
"In the future we will be able to identify a percentage of people at risk. It won't be the be all and end all, but it will contribute to our knowledge."
Originally posted by gdaub23
i always thought that premature births were caused from the woman either from drugs,drinking or smoking cigs...i never even stopped to think that it could be genetic,,,even tho i still believe that alot of cases of premature births are caused from the before mentione dexamples...but it would be great if the are able to pinpoint some of the reason by looking at genes and can at least hep those mothers and babies thatcab be helped