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Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost

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CF patients have to take a battery of treatments to keep the symptoms at bay. Gene therapy could be a simpler and more effective treatment

A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Their lungs showed no decline, on average, after they inhaled healthy copies of the gene that causes CF once a month for a year, results published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine show.

And the lungs most clogged before the trial showed a 3% improvement.

The lungs of patients that did not take the gene therapy showed a decline of 3-4% on average over the same period.

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