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Lab on a Chip Designed to Minimize Preterm Births

1704-12 Adam Woolley and Mukul Sonker- Lab_0286 1704-12 Adam Woolley and Mukul Sonker- Lab April 6, 2017 Photography by Nate Edwards/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2016 All Rights Reserved (801)422-7322
Photo by Nate Edwards

In the United States alone, a half million babies are born preterm; worldwide, the number is an estimated 15 million. Complications associated with preterm birth are the no. 1 cause of death for children under 5, and those who live often face a range of health problems.

But with help from a palm-sized plastic rectangle with a few pinholes in it, BYU researchers are hoping to minimize the problem of premature deliveries. The small chip — integrated microfluidic device if you speak chemistry — is designed to predict, with up to 90 percent accuracy, a woman’s risk for a future preterm birth.

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