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Question: Access to Science - Assignment title: Disease and Infection

Explore the relationship between Cystic Fibrosis and Tuberculosis.

Answer: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mainly the lungs and digestive system and has only been officially documented since 1938, when the first detailed description was given by Dr Dorothy Andersen (cysticfibrosis.org, N/A). As early as 1595 references were made to the indicative salty skin of CF sufferers and European folklore warned “woe is the child who tastes salty from a kiss on the brow, for he is cursed, and soon must die” (Nick, 2012).

Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common lethal genetic diseases for people of European descent and has 2007 known mutations (Genet, 2011) but only 127 are known to cause CF (Sosnay et al, 2013) with the most frequent mutation (ΔF508) dating back 595 generations (Morris et al, 2002). When a child is affected with CF it can carry two identical genes (both parents carry the same mutation), known as alleles, or two different ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Access to Science
  • Course: Access to Science
  • Level: Further Education
  • Year: Not applicable
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  • Words: 3085
  • Date submitted: April 25, 2019
  • Date written: May, 2016
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8645

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