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Biomarker Discovery May Lead To Reliable Blood Test For Ectopic Pregnancy

Several science news websites, including e! Science News, Science Codex, and Science Blog, reported that scientists from The Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered protein markers that could provide physicians with the first reliable blood test to predict ectopic pregnancies. Their findings have been published in the February 16 issue of the Journal of Proteome Research. Kurt Barnhart, MD. MSCE, associate director of Penn Fertility Care and director of Clinical Research for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, worked in collaboration with the Wistar team and is continuing to test the reliability of this biomarker blood test to diagnose ectopic pregnancies, which are the leading cause of death in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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