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ANALYSIS OF SEVERAL GENES INVOLVED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS HELPS PREDICT PROGRESSION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

What good is knowing about the several genes involved in cystic fibrosis? Gary Cutting, a cystic fibrosis expert at Johns Hopkins and one author of a new study on these genes, explains.

CUTTING: These discoveries will help us inform patients of what kind of things they might expect with their illness as well as things they might do to avoid complications from this disease, and in addition, and most importantly, provide us with new avenues for therapies for the condition.       :17

Knowing an individualís own genetic profile is also advantageous.

CUTTING: There isnít a one size fits all approach, that every drug every time or every patient gets treated the same way. Every patient during the course of their illness will change, and depending on which of these modifiers they have, it will help customize the therapy for these patients. Weíll hopefully be able to use this information to realize that dream of individualized medicine.       :18

At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

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