Saturday, August 26, 2006

Gene clue to premature birth risk

Monday, 21 August 2006, 23:55 GMT 00:55 UK

Researchers have discovered a genetic marker that could help to predict the risk of an unexpected premature birth.

The discovery might also explain why African-American women seem to be more at risk of having a premature birth than their white counterparts.

US researchers found African-American babies were three times more likely than babies of European descent to carry the key genetic variant.

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