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Genes Tied to Severity of Cystic Fibrosis Identified
Date:5/23/2011

ble prediction of disease severity and, most importantly, the customization of treatments for patients with unfavorable genetic modifiers -- this is the realization of individualized medicine," he added.

The investigators pointed out that further studies are needed to determine exactly how these genes alter the severity of cystic fibrosis.

"Of course we want to continue to push the median life expectancy up so that hopefully patients with more severe cases of cystic fibrosis will, with multimodal therapy, survive longer. And this is the first step toward developing such therapies for these patients," Cutting concluded.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides detailed information on the symptoms and treatment for cystic fibrosis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, May 22, 2011


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