Two people with cystic fibrosis dating each other
And the sorts of bacteria that they share tend to shorten their life span.
Burkholderia and Pseudomonas often lead to chronic airway infections, and Burkholderia usually will preclude a lung transplant.
In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.
People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including: The defective CF gene contains a slight abnormality called a mutation.
In the late 1990s, the CF Foundation established key programs to help speed development of CF therapies, including a national network of centers designed to conduct clinical trials and share data, and a therapeutics development program to support and govern research collaborations with biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
By pursuing these bold strategies and others, the CF Foundation has built a robust pipeline of potential new therapies that fight the disease from every angle.
And, nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support -- including therapies to treat the underlying cause of the disease.
Learn about the CF Foundation's key research programs.