The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is funding research into gene editing techniques to see if they can be used to fix the mutations that cause cystic fibrosis. One of the most popular techniques is CRISPR-Cas9. To see how this might work for CF, watch this video.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. made its first major award last month to advance gene editing research in cystic fibrosis. Editas Medicine Inc. will explore the potential of using what some scientists refer to as “a tiny pair of scissors” to snip out the genetic defect that causes CF.
Back in 2015, my genetic sequencing revealed one nonsense mutation. But recently, I learned I have another nonsense mutation that may not have been identified when my genes were first sequenced. As more mutation-dependent therapies are developed, it’s crucial that people with CF have accurate information so they can make informed decisions.