Study finds bacteria in placentas of healthy pregnant women, may play role in preterm birth

  • by: LAURAN NEERGAARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 21, 2014 - 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON — Surprising new research shows a small but diverse community of bacteria lives in the placentas of healthy pregnant women, overturning the belief that fetuses grow in a pretty sterile environment.

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