Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
Genes associated with preterm birth and protecting the fetus from the mother’s immune system appear to be regulated by HAND2.
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts
Gene Offers Clue to How Human Labor Starts

Genes associated with preterm birth and protecting the fetus from the mother’s immune system appear to be regulated by HAND2.

Genes associated with preterm birth and protecting the fetus from the mother’s immune system appear to be regulated by HAND2.

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Placental Microbiome’s Existence Challenged
Placental Microbiome’s Existence Challenged
Abby Olena | Jul 31, 2019
The authors of a new study find no evidence for bacteria in the placenta, but others in the field question their interpretation of the data.
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2018
A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Ruth Williams | Apr 25, 2018
Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy
An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017
A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.
Hormone Hangover
Hormone Hangover
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Feb 1, 2016
Medication to prevent prematurity in humans harms cognitive flexibility in rats.
NIH Cleared of Tampering with Ethics Probe
NIH Cleared of Tampering with Ethics Probe
Bob Grant | Sep 18, 2014
Government auditors absolve the National Institutes of Health of wrongdoing in the case of its involvement in an ethics investigation of a study involving premature babies.
Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers
Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers
Kate Yandell | Aug 11, 2014
The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.
Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations
Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 7, 2014
The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 
NIH Accused of Interfering with Ethics Probe
NIH Accused of Interfering with Ethics Probe
Bob Grant | May 21, 2014
A watchdog group claims that the federal agency improperly influenced the investigation of a study involving the treatment of preterm infants.
Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina
Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina
Jef Akst | May 19, 2014
The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.
Predicting Preterm Birth
Predicting Preterm Birth
Tracy Vence | Aug 9, 2013
Two organizations team up in an effort to predict risk of premature birth using big data and genomics.
Seasonality of Premature Birth
Seasonality of Premature Birth
Kate Yandell | Jul 9, 2013
Babies conceived in May have an elevated risk of being born early.
Leaders of Infant Trial Will Not Yet Face Sanctions
Leaders of Infant Trial Will Not Yet Face Sanctions
Bob Grant | Jun 10, 2013
US watchdog suspends plans to discipline researchers who failed to disclose the full risks of an experimental trial conducted with premature infants.
We're All Connected
We're All Connected
Mary Beth Aberlin | May 1, 2013
A look at some of biology’s communication networks
Why So Soon?
Why So Soon?
Bob Grant | May 1, 2013
Researchers are using modern experimental tools to probe the mysterious molecular pathways that lead to premature labor and birth.
Molecular Models of Birth
Molecular Models of Birth
Bob Grant | Apr 30, 2013
Researchers are piecing together the chain of events that leads to preterm and full-term birth.
The Genes Underlying Prematurity
The Genes Underlying Prematurity
Bob Grant | Apr 30, 2013
NIH researcher Roberto Romero describes the recent discovery of genetic elemetns that contribute to the risk of preterm birth.
Roundup from Microbiology Meeting
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.