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Essay Galaxy - The Molecular Biology Of Cystic Fibrosis The Molecular Biology Of Cystic Fibrosis

Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common lethal genetic disease of Caucasians, which causes certain glands to malfunction. In CF, mucous glands produce a thick, sticky mucus which interferes with breathing and digestion. Mucus clogs passages in lungs and airways, causing breathing difficulty, chronic coughing, and sometimes heart failure. Mucus also blocks ducts in the pancreas, preventing digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines, and it may also clog the liver and digestive tract (CF Foundation 2). Today, about 30,000 people in the United States live with cystic fibrosis. CF is recessively inherited with a carrier rate of around one in twenty-five, and has an occurrence of one in 2,500 live births (Wolf 1). The majority of the people in the United States do not understand the sev....

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