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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects the lungs and digestive system. Patients lack a protein that helps salt move in and out of cells. Without the protein, mucus builds up in the lungs and digestive system. Too much salt passes out with sweat, upsetting the body’s mineral balance.

In the U.S., some 2,500 babies are born each year with CF.

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Science Daily
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National Institutes of Health

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