Genes May Unlock Ways to Prevent Preterm Birth - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Genes May Unlock Ways to Prevent Preterm Birth

A massive DNA analysis of pregnant women has identified six gene regions that influence the length of pregnancy and the timing of birth.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, may lead to new ways to prevent preterm birth and its consequences—the leading cause of death among children under age 5 worldwide.

The study was an international collaboration coordinated by Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, co-director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s and principal investigator of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center–Ohio Collaborative.  Ge Zhang, MD, PhD, of the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s, is first author on the study.

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