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What is cystic fibrosis?

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The CFTR gene encodes a protein that transports sodium and chloride (salt) ions in the body. Mutations to this gene can cause cystic fibrosis, the most common fatal genetic disorder in the United States. A defective CFTR gene cannot transport the ions, resulting in the production of thick mucus that builds up and clogs the lungs and pancreas.
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salt ions,thick mucus,fatal genetic disorder,cystic fibrosis,cftr gene,ions in the body,pancreas,chromosome,mutations,lungs,sodium,protein,united states
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