Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane-conductance Regulator (CFTR)

An enzyme that regulates the transport of fluids across membranes of the lungs, deficient in the disease cystic fibrosis; caused by any of several known mutations (the most common is a 3-bp deletion, F-508). Because of its high prevalence in America, biotechnology companies have targeted the gene as a likely candidate for gene therapy. Aka cystic fibrosis transport regulator.

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