“To be, or not to be, that is the question…” not just being asked by Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play but also by young women around the world when it comes to being tested for the BRCA mutation. A recent study, led by a team of researchers at the prestigious Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, shows that…

What causes premature birth? Emerging role of genetics

It is challenging enough to deliver a baby without having to worry about words like premature birth, and spontaneous preterm labour. Unfortunately, premature births account for up to 12% of infant (1-12 months old) deaths in North America, and 70% of ALL neonatal (< 28 days old) deaths1. These are sobering numbers for any mother…

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