Low-cost methods for monitoring fetal development could improve prenatal care, especially in low-resource settings. By measuring the levels of certain placental RNA transcripts in maternal blood, Ngo et al. developed two noninvasive blood tests that provide a window into the progression of individual pregnancies. In a small proof-of-concept study, the first blood test predicted fetal age [...]
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How we’ll invent the future, by Bill Gates We asked Gates to choose this year’s list of inventions that will change the world for the better. February 27, 2019 I was honored when MIT Technology Review invited me to be the first guest curator of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies. Narrowing down the list was difficult. [...]
Complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. by Bonnie Rochman Feb 27, 2019 ______ Fifteen million babies are born prematurely each year. Stephen Quake’s daughter, Zoe, was one of them: she arrived via emergency C-section after Quake and his wife, Athina, made a middle-of-the-night dash to the [...]