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Her research is still at an early stage, but Kristin Myers (left), a mechanical engineer, and Dr. Ing. Joy Vink, an OB-GYN, both at Columbia University, have already learned that cervical cancer is a more complicated blend of material than doctors have ever realized.

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Her research is still at an early stage, but Kristin Myers (left), a mechanical engineer, and Dr. Ing. Joy Vink, an OB-GYN, both at Columbia University, have already learned that cervical cancer is a more complicated blend of material than doctors had ever realized.

Adrienne Grunwald for NPR

Brittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant when her water broke.

It was her second pregnancy – the first one had been rough, and the baby came early.

To try to avoid a second preterm delivery, Dr Joy-Sarah Vink, an obstetrician and co-director of the Preterm Birth Prevention Center of Columbia University Medical Center, arranged to use an ambulance from her local hospital in Connecticut should be brought to New York City, where Vink could perform their treatment. 19659010] Scientists are looking for causes for premature birth and better ways to test the risk "/>
         

Two weeks later, Crystal got contractions. She got magnesium sulfate to stop her, and made it through the night. Crystal believed in a future for her future baby, which she had named Iris.

"I went to the mirror and talked to Iris," says Crystal. "I said," You know, this was a rough day. You will have her. But then the next day comes and the sun rises and we move forward. ""

However, the contractions started again that evening. Crystal was taken to an operating room for a cesarean section. She was a little less than 28 weeks pregnant.

"I think I knew she died before I opened my eyes," says Crystal. Her voice breaks as she reaches for a handkerchief.

Later, at the hospital and in mourning for the loss of Iris, Crystal and her family asked many questions. Why can not you lock the fruit if your water breaks too early? Why can not you stop premature births reliably?

"And then Dr. Vink told us that rare diseases are cured today, but we do not know what triggers full-time work," recalls Crystal. "That just blew everyone away in the room."

It was surprising, but true. When it comes to pregnancy, research on some fundamental issues has come to a halt decades ago, says Vink. If a pregnancy is normal, it does not matter much. However, when things go wrong, these gaps in knowledge become issues of life and death.

"It is amazing that in a normal pregnancy [even] we still do not understand how women go into labor these days – what causes work," says Vink. "Because we do not understand the normal fundamental mechanisms, we can not see how things are going badly-and how to fix it when things are going badly."