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Read national news articles featuring interviews and quotes from Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) principal investigators, as well as news releases about MIRI discoveries and accomplishments.

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3-Parent Baby Troubles Doctors
Boston Herald, September 29, 2016

Pediatric researcher chosen to lead NICHD
AAP News, September 1, 2016

NIH names Dr. Diana Bianchi Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NIH Press Release, August 25, 2016

Fetal Cells Offer Promise in Prenatal Testing
MIT Technology Review, August 18, 2016

Hacia el tratamiento fetal del Síndrome de Down (Toward a fetal treatment for Down syndrome)
Voz Interior, Córdoba, Argentina, May 6, 2016

Only Human: A Birth That Launched The Search For A Down Syndrome Test
NPR WNYC Radio, April 26, 2016

Down Syndrome Screening Is Not About Eliminating A Group Of People
Forbes, January 25, 2015

A Change of Mind
MIT Technology Review, December 16, 2015

pgEd Briefings: Increasing policymakers’ interest in genetics
Genetics Society of America, December 1, 2015

Should You Get Genetic Testing On Your Unborn Baby?
Yahoo! Parenting, November 23, 2015

On the Frontier of Genetic Technologies
Harvard Medical School, November 15, 2015

Mass. earns a ‘B’ in preterm birth rate
Boston Globe, November 15, 2015

Might Normalizing Brain Development Help in Down’s Syndrome?
Alzforum, November 5, 2015

Peering Into The Placenta, ‘Least Understood’ And Respected Of Human Organs
WBUR, October 16, 2015

BBJ's 2015 Healthcare Heroes award recipients announced
Boston Business Journal, July 30, 2015

Prenatal Tests Can Sometimes Detect Cancer in Mothers
TuftsNow August 25, 2015

Study Examines Cases of Abnormal Prenatal Testing Results and Subsequent Diagnosis of Maternal Cancer
The JAMA Network, July 13, 2015

Prenatal testing can detect cancer in pregnant mothers (VIDEO)
CBS News, July 13, 2015

Fetus blood test yields surprising result (VIDEO)
CBS Evening News, July 13

Prenatal Testing May Reveal Cancer In Women (VIDEO)
WBZ-4, July 13

Test designed to detect problems in fetus may save life of mother (VIDEO)
WCVB-5, July 13

Prenatal Blood Tests Could Detect Cancer in Mothers

The Wall Street Journal, July 13

Prenatal tests can now reveal whether a mom-to-be has cancer
The Washington Post, July 13

Fetal test can detect cancer in mom
The Boston Herald, July 15

Tufts researchers find common prenatal test also detects cancer
Boston Business Journal, July 14

Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be
HealthDay, July 13

When a Fetus’s Test Finds a Mother’s Cancer
MIT Technology Review, July 13

In Tufts Study, 10 Cancer Cases Found Among 125,500 Illumina NIPT Customers
GenomeWeb, July 14

Testing for Abnormalities in Fetus Finds Cancer in Mom
MedPage Today, July 14

Clinically Silent Maternal Cancer Detectable By Prenatal Testing
MedicalResearch.com, July 13

Tools for Drools
The Scientist, July 1, 2015

BBJ's 2015 Healthcare Heroes award recipients announced
Boston Business Journal, July 30, 2015

Cancer Discovered From Prenatal Blood Test Can Save Lives
Medscape, June 11, 2015

Q&A: Diana Bianchi on Consenting Women for NIPT in the Age of Incidental Findings
GenomeWeb, June 5, 2015

Researcher suggests changes to consent forms for pregnant women undergoing prenatal DNA screening
MedicalXPress, June 4, 2015

Expecting, But Not This: Prenatal Blood Tests Can Reveal Moms’ Health Problems
WBUR CommonHealth Blog, June 3, 2015

Prepare pregnant women for bad health news from prenatal tests, doctors urged
The Guardian, June 3, 2015

Disrupting Prenatal Care -- A Revolution Is Underway
Medscape, April 13, 2015

Prenatal Testing Revolutionizing Fetal Care
NIH Record, March 13, 2015

Patient's NIPT Cancer Dx Highlights Lack of Standards for Consent, Return of Secondary Findings
Genomeweb, March 10, 2015

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Excels at Finding Abnormalities
Medscape, March 7, 2015

Study Shows Preemies’ Oral Feeding Readiness Predicted by Salivary Biomarkers
Genomeweb, February 2, 2015

Study Shows Salivary Biomarkers predict readiness to feed by mouth in premature babies 
Healthcanal.com, February 1, 2015

Salivary Biomarkers Predict Oral Feeding Readiness in Preterm Newborns
Science Daily, January 27, 2015

Laughing Gas For Pain Relief When Giving Birth Becoming A Popular Option Among New Moms
Medical Daily, January 23, 2015

Scientists' New 'Human Placenta Project' Aims to Improve Health of Moms and Their Children
Huffington Post, December 9, 2014

How to Handle the Unexpected When Giving Birth
Parenting.com, October 30, 2014

BioGPS Featured Article – Maternal Obesity Affects Fetal Neurodevelopmental and Metabolic Gene Expression: A Pilot Study
The SU Lab, October 15, 2014

The Impact of Noninvasive Cell-Free DNA Sequencing on Prenatal Care
Mayo Clinic, October 6, 2014

MIRI Investigator Andrea Edlow comments on the birth of twins 24 days apart at Tufts Medical Center  (VIDEO)
WHDH, June 10, 2014

Study Compares Ability of Expression Arrays, RNA-seq to Profile Cell-free Fetal RNA Transcriptome
Genome Web, May 28, 2014

Top Docs Q&A: Diana Bianchi
Boston Magazine, May 16, 2014

Genetic Pioneers GET a Taste of the Science’s Imaginative Future
Bio-IT World, May 5, 2014

The Ethics of Having Children Today
Yahoo! Shine, February 27, 2014

New DNA test could revolutionize pre-natal screening (VIDEO)
CBS Evening News, February 27, 2014

Test Is Improved Predictor of Fetal Disorders
The New York Times, February 27, 2014

Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome (AUDIO)
National Public Radio, February 27, 2014

New DNA test more accurate detecting Down Syndrome in pregnancy
WCVB-5, February 27, 2014

Study Finds DNA Screening Better At Identifying Prenatal Genetic Defects (VIDEO)
WBZ-4, February 27, 2014

New Blood Test Is Better at Finding Birth Defects, Study Finds
NBC News, February 27, 2014

Study calls DNA test reliable in discovering fetal disorders
The Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2014

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems
The Boston Globe, February 27, 2014

DNA blood tests show prenatal screening promise
Associated Press, February 27, 2014

A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
HealthDay, February 27, 2014

Prenatal DNA Tests Should be New Standard, Study Suggests
MIT Technology Review, February 27, 2014

Low-risk prenatal testing gives three times more false positives than cell-free DNA testing
Ob.Gyn. News, February 27, 2014

DNA Test Effective Screening Tool for Down Syndrome
MedPage Today, February 27, 2014

DNA Test Effective in Detecting Fetal Disorders
Counsel & Heal, February 27, 2014

Racing into the Unknown
Cancer Cytopathology, February, 2014

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA Awards Grants to Four US Researchers to Investigate Cognition in People Living with Down Syndrome
The Business Journals, December 13, 2013

Labyrint TV - Documentary
NPO, the Netherlands, December 1, 2013
 NOTE: Although this video is in Dutch, footage in English of Dr. Bianchi and lab members begins at minute 16.

New Test for Down Syndrome
Harvard Gazette, October 9, 2013

Predicting the Future for Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
Bio-IT World, October 7, 2013 

Breakthroughs in Prenatal Screening
The New York Times, October 7, 2013 

Health problems in newborns of obese mothers (AUDIO)
ABC Radio – Australia, September 30, 2013

In a Laboratory Dish, Researchers Shut Down Extra Chromosome that Causes Down syndrome
Boston.com, July 17, 2013

Are You Ready for Noninvasive Prenatal Testing?
ObGyn.net, May 8, 2013

Detecting Genetic Disorders in the Unborn
Medscape.com, April 3, 2013

As Down Detection Gets Easier, Choices Harder
The Boston Globe, March 24, 2013

Babies of Obese Mothers at Risk for Iron Deficiency, Study Finds
Medicalexpress.com, March 18, 2013

Abnormal Brain Development in Fetuses of Obese Women
Science Daily, February 11, 2013

Programmed for Weight Gain
Tufts Now November 9, 2012

Male DNA in Female Brains Revisited
DNA Science Blog, October 25, 2012

How Male DNA Gets in a Woman's Brain
Newsweek Magazine, October 8, 2012

Obese Mothers Risk Giving Birth to Babies with Low Iron Levels
Medicaldaily.com, July 10, 2012

Newborns' Iron Status Compromised by Mom's Obesity?
Scope Blog, Stanford School of Medicine, July 9, 2012

Should Pregnant Women be Offered Genome Screening for their Unborn Baby?
The Boston Globe, July 6, 2012

Maternal Blood Sample Used to Sequence Fetal Genomes
Medical News Today, July 5, 2012

Stanford Researchers Move Fetal Genome Testing Ahead
San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2012

From a Vial of Mom's Blood, a Fetus's Entire Genome
Reuters, July 4, 2012

Babies Leave Behind Mystery Cells That Can Stay For Decades in Their Mothers' Bodies
Medicaldaily.com, June 7, 2012

Baby's Cells Mix and Mingle with Pregnant Mom's
MSNBC.com, June 6, 2012

Noninvasive Test Can Reduce Feeding-Related Difficulties Among Preemies 
Red Orbit, May 22, 2012

'Fragile Beginnings': When Babies Are Born Too Soon
NPR, National Public Radio, March 8, 2012

Premature Baby? 6 Tips for Parents on How to Deal
Boston.com/Health, March 6, 2012

Fragile Beginnings by Adam Wolfberg (former MIRI Investigator)
The Boston Globe, February 6, 2012

Early Arrival - Doctors can't prevent most preterm births, but they're making progress.
The Boston Globe, December 19, 2011

What You Need To Know About New DNA Down syndrome Tests
CommonHealth.WBUR.org, December 5, 2011

10 Scary Reasons To Fight Obesity Before Pregnancy
CommonHealth.WBUR.org, November 18, 2011

Test Can Tell Fetal Sex at 7 Weeks, Study Says
The New York Times, August 9, 2011

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