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Preterm Birth Linked to Fast-Evolving Gene
An analysis of fast-evolving genes could help scientists gain a better understanding of what causes some babies to be born prematurely. Researchers compared the genomes of human, chimps, rhesus monkey, macaque monkey, cow, dog, rat and mouse and identified 150 fast-evolving genes. They then looked at how 9,000 variants of these genes, called SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) were associated with preterm birth in humans. The researchers reported their findings in PLoS Genetics.