The March of Dimes is working to address the crisis of premature birth in this country and abroad. At 9.6 percent, the U.S. preterm birth rate ranks among the worst of high-resource countries. Worldwide, 15 million babies are born prematurely each year and 1 million die from premature birth or its complications.
Researchers from the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers recently published a new study about a promising advance in prematurity research. The study describes the development of a new tool called placenta-on-a-chip to help scientists learn more about the effects of genes and metabolism on premature birth.