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Gene is key to premature birth

作者:端木肫箢    发布时间:2019-03-02 01:15:04    

FINALLY we have a clue as to why African-American women are more than twice as likely to give birth prematurely as women of European origin. One in eight African-Americans carries a mutated version of a gene that may weaken membranes that support the fetus in the womb, a genetic analysis suggests, compared with just 1 in 25 Americans of European descent. The mutation is of a gene known as SERPINH1, which encodes a protein that stabilises the structural protein collagen, say Jerome Strauss of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and colleagues (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

 

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