Scientists May Have Just Found A Miscarriage Gene

In Paris on Wednesday, scientists announced they had linked mutations in one specific gene with an increased risk of recurrent miscarriages. Dubbed FOXD1, it was first noticed in lab mice, according to the report in the Royal Society Journal Open Biology.

The team then investigated 556 women affected by RSA (recurrent spontaneous abortion) to see if the same gene had mutations. The study included a control group of 271 women who did not suffer RSA.

The investigation proved that the same gene had mutations in RSA sufferers, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment for women everywhere.

“We found that women with FOXD1 mutations have a statistically high risk of suffering RSA,” said the team.

One anomaly in the study was that one variant of the gene was present only in the control group, leading to the team speculating that it could be protective.

The investigation proved that the same gene had mutations in RSA sufferers, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment for women everywhere.

While this isn’t the first time a gene has been involved in repeated miscarriage, the team say that “functional evidence” of their involvement has been rare.

Hopefully as a result of this, less women will suffer repeated miscarriages in the future.

 

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