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CF Genetics: The Basics

Every person has two copies of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. A person must inherit two copies of the CFTR gene that contain mutations -- one copy from each parent -- to have cystic fibrosis.

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    Types of CFTR Mutations

    Some genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, are caused by mutations in a single gene. A gene contains DNA “letters” that spell out the instructions to make a specific protein. When the protein isn’t made correctly, it can lead to a cascade of problems.

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    Find Out More About Your Mutations

    In a joint international research project, scientists are examining cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) mutations to determine which ones cause CF and to provide additional information associated with these mutations. Their findings are available in an online searchable database.

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    Personalized Medicine

    Cystic fibrosis researchers are at the forefront of a growing field of personalized medicine in which doctors will increasingly be able to tailor therapies to patients based on their genetic makeup.

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    Mutation Analysis Program

    The Mutation Analysis Program provides free genetic testing to people with cystic fibrosis to help identify their CF gene mutations.

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    Carrier Testing for Cystic Fibrosis

    Genetic (or carrier) testing not only plays a key role in the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, but testing also allows parents to find out what their chances of having a child with CF are to help inform important family planning decisions.

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    CF Mutations Video Series

    Learn more about specific cystic fibrosis gene mutations in this four-part video series.

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