Washington U. to be part of premature birth study

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The March of Dimes is leading a new approach to studying the problem of premature births, and scientists at Washington University in St. Louis will be among those seeking answers.

The March of Dimes is establishing a nationwide Prematurity Research Network, funding it with $75 million over 10 years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Washington University will be one of five research institutions involved in the program.

Each research center will have a team of diverse scientists focusing on different ideas about the causes of early labor. Washington University will receive $10 million for its share of the study, and that will be matched with local funds from the medical school and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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