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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease characterized by faulty digestion, breathing problems, respiratory infections from mucus buildup, and the loss of salt in sweat. The disease is caused by mutations in a single gene and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, meaning that an affected individual inherits two mutated copies of the gene. In the past, cystic fibrosis was almost always fatal in childhood. Today, however, patients commonly live to be 30 years or older.

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Materials for Cystic Fibrosis

Articles/Research

About Cystic Fibrosis

Description: Learn what cystic fibrosis is, how it is diagnosed, passed through families, its symptoms, treatment, and long-term outlook. Find engaging videos and a detailed, up to date, research timeline.

Cystic Fibrosis

Description: Read to find information on cystic fibrosis, including its frequency, genetic cause, pattern of inheritance, diagnosis, and treatment.

Cystic Fibrosis

Description: The Cystic Fibrosis Health Topic page serves as an excellent starting place for learning all about cystic fibrosis. Use it to explore information on diagnosis and testing, prevention, risk factors, treatments, and more.

Cystic Fibrosis

Description: Questions answered by GARD Information Specialists, links to resources, information about research, conferences, genetic testing, and genetic services

Genetics Education Materials for School Success - Cystic Fibrosis

Description: This robust guide for teachers and parents aims to help children with genetic conditions succeed in school-life.

Teen Health: Cystic fibrosis

Description: Cystic fibrosis information written for teens and links to information on related topics

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Description: Cystic fibrosis is a relatively common genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick, sticky mucus.

Interactive Tutorials

Central Dogma and Genetic Medicine

Description: The interactive includes descriptions of different steps in the pathways from gene to RNA to protein, information about a treatment strategy that targets each step, and an example of a genetic disease for which that strategy has been shown to work: examples include, cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease, and sickle cell disease.

Teacher Resources

Cystic Fibrosis: Exploration of Evolutionary Explanations for the High Frequency of a Common Disorder (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise making and testing hypotheses to explain the high incidence of cystic fibrosis in certain populations

Genetics Education Materials for School Success - Cystic Fibrosis

Description: This robust guide for teachers and parents aims to help children with genetic conditions succeed in school-life.

Video

Living Today - Rachel

Description: See how Rachel Kinney, a 20-year-old with CF and junior majoring in computer science at Johns Hopkins University, manages CF in college.