$1 Here, a Cure for Premature Labor There

by Samantha Shaddock
Photo by Flickr user Jon Ovington

Photo by Flickr user Jon Ovington

Whoever came up with the idea of partnering with supermarket and drug-store chains to raise money for March of Dimes and other charities must be a genius. Donating $200 at one time to any cause isn’t feasible for a lot of people. But adding $1 to your grocery bill at checkout? Most of us can swing that–not once, but many times throughout the year.

Have you ever wondered what sort of good works your gifts fund? Here’s one: A team of researchers at UT Southwestern recently conducted a study funded by the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the National Institutes of Health that discovered how microRNA molecules (if you’ll remember from biology class, RNA stands for “ribonucleic acid,” and these little suckers are involved in gene expression) work to control uterine contractions. The possible implications of this research: the development of drugs that prevent premature birth.


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