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The March of Dimes supports research aimed at preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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Closing in on prematurity genes

More than 450,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. In some cases, genetic factors may contribute to early delivery. A recent study by a March of Dimes grantee has identified two genes that may play a role.

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New approach to muscular dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disease that results in progressive muscle weakness, and usually, death by age 30. There is no effective treatment, though a novel gene therapy approach may provide hope.

Research breakthroughs

From the PKU test to surfactant and nitric oxide therapies, March of Dimes funded research is saving the lives of thousands of babies.

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