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Protein clue in ectopic pregnancies

27th November 2009

Scientists at Edinburgh University have identified low levels of a certain protein in women who have ectopic pregnancies.

Their research into the protein activin B could lead to simpler tests, as at present diagnosis is dependent on an ultrasound scan and a number of blood tests. Dr Andrew Horne, of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Biology, said: "Early diagnosis can also prevent future fertility problems and improve the effectiveness of treatment as well as save the NHS millions of pounds. Understanding how proteins are expressed is pivotal in developing a simple blood test that could be used to detect an ectopic pregnancy."

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