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Computing Genomes for Reproductive Health
Genetics, Environment, and Disease

Obstetrical syndromes such as preterm birth (PTB) are major causes of infant and maternal mortality and morbidity in pregnancy. PTB is a devastating global health problem that comes with a $26 billion estimated annual cost in the US alone. Worldwide, approximately 15,000,000 infants are born prematurely each year. They are at increased risk for developing childhood and adult diseases including metabolic syndrome, cognitive deficits, and psychiatric disorders, thus increasing the long-term global disease burden.