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Cystic
Fibrosi
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By Ronni Rickett.…read more

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What is it?
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's
most common life-threatening inherited
diseases.
Cystic Fibrosis affects over 8,500 people
in the UK.
Over two million people in the UK carry
the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis
- around 1 in 25 of the population.
If two carriers have a child, the baby has a
1 in 4 chance of having Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal organs,
especially the lungs and digestive system,
by clogging them with thick sticky mucus.…read more

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Each week, two young lives are lost to
Cystic Fibrosis.
Around half of the CF population can
expect to live over 38 years, although
improvements in treatments mean a
baby born today could expect to live
even longer.
What causes it?
Cystic Fibrosis is caused by a single faulty
gene that controls the movement of salt in
the body.…read more

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CF, a two in four chance of
being a carrier and a one in four chance of
not having any CF genes.
This picture can also be expressed in what we
call a `genetic cross'.…read more

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