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Newborn babies wait for attention at Lima's Maternity hospital in this May 7, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The human placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place some experts had assumed.

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Researchers said on Wednesday they have identified a relatively small but thriving group of microbes that inhabit the placenta alongside human cells in a finding that may point to new ways of spotting women at risk for pre-term births.

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