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Cystic fibrosis drug hope

10th September 2008

Researchers from the University of Bristol have shown that an experimental drug is proving effective for treating the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF).

While existing treatments only ease symptoms of CF such as the sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, the new drug VX-770 restores function to defective proteins which cause the disease.

More clinical trials are needed to find out how many patients may benefit but scientists says the results with VX-770 suggest drug therapies which target defects at the root of the disease have the potential to improve the quality of life of CF patients.


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