About the Authors

Merli Saare

merli.saare@ut.ee

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, Institute of Bio- and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Kadri Rekker

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Triin Laisk-Podar

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Deniss Sõritsa

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Tartu University Hospital's Women's Clinic, Tartu, Estonia, Elite Clinic, Sangla 63, Tartu, Estonia

Anne Mari Roost

Affiliation Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia

Jaak Simm

Affiliations Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, iMinds Medical IT, Leuven, Belgium, Centre for Biology of Integrated Systems, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Agne Velthut-Meikas

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Centre for Biology of Integrated Systems, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Külli Samuel

Affiliation Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia

Tauno Metsalu

Affiliation Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Helle Karro

Affiliations Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, Tartu University Hospital's Women's Clinic, Tartu, Estonia

Andrei Sõritsa

Affiliation Elite Clinic, Sangla 63, Tartu, Estonia

Andres Salumets

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, Institute of Bio- and Translational Medicine, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Maire Peters

Affiliations Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology, Tartu, Estonia, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Competing Interests

Merli Saare, Kadri Rekker, Deniss Sõritsa, Andrei Sõritsa, Andres Salumets, and Maire Peters are contributors to the provisional patent application. iMinds Medical is not a commercial company but a strategic research center financed by the Flemish government. Please see http://www.iminds.be/en/about-us. In terms of research funding, it is equal to a university. Thus, iMinds does not have any commercial interests regarding the results of the paper or the related patent. Additionally, no authors of the paper are employed by iMinds. However, one author (Jaak Simm) is affiliated to it. Patent information: Method for using microRNA (miRNA) for detection of endometriosis. Patent application number 14162228.2-1404. This does not alter the authors' adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MS KR A. Salumets MP. Performed the experiments: MS KR KS AMR. Analyzed the data: AVM JS TM TLP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DS HK A. Sõritsa. Wrote the paper: MS KR TLP A. Salumets MP.