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Scientists find mutated gene that may cause stillbirth

Published fredag 23 januari 2015 kl 08.59
Spädbarn. Foto: Hasse Holmberg/TT
File photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

A team of Swedish scientists at Uppsala University Hospital has discovered a gene mutation that could cause stillbirth, Swedish Television reports. 

The scientists found that a family where both parents had mutations in a gene known as MuSK runs the risk of having a baby with a condition that inhibits normal muscle growth and that's often the cause of stillbirth.

Currently, scientists don't know how wide-spread this gene mutation is, but the team from Uppsala wishes to conduct more studies in order to find out.

They hope that their discovery will help doctors to make more accurate diagnoses for causes of stillbirth.

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