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Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

Karen Hopkin, PhD

 

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Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disorder in the white population. Since the discovery of the CF gene in 1989, scientists have learned a great deal about the biology of this disease, which strikes one child in every 3,300 births. With the gene pin-pointed, scientists are now working on ways to replace it and are developing better tests for early diagnosis.

Understanding Cystic Fibrosis charts the progress that has been made in identifying the mutations that cause CF and in understanding how these genetic errors cause a disease whose symptoms can range from mild respiratory distress to life-threatening lung infections.

Book chapters cover Who gets CF and how, History, symptoms, and diagnosis, The molecular basis of CF, How CF affects the body, Current treatments and health care issues, Coping with CF, and Future treatments and potential cures. In addition, an appendix lists resources on the Internet, support groups, newsletters and mailing lists, organizations, and research and treatment centers.

Dr. Karen Hopkin is a widely published freelance science writer living in Somerville, MA. She is a coauthor of the textbook “Essential Cell Biology” (Garland Science, 2003).

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