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About 1 out of 201 Caucasian people carries at least one of the fatal defective genes that cause cystic fibrosis CF or mucoviscidosis in Europe although carriers dont show any signs of the disease Therefore 10 million2 people carry the defective gene and arent aware of it Consequently it makes it one of the most common genetic defect in the United States CF is a autosomal recessive gene That means that it may but doesnt always skip generations In order to get this disease both parents must be carriers If one parent has CF and the other one is not a carrier than there is a 100 chance that their child will be a carrier If one parent has CF and the other is a carrier than the child has a 50 chance of having CF and a 50 chance of just being a carrier If both parents are carriers than their child will have a 25 of having CF a 50 chance of being a carrier and a 25 chance of not being affected CF is common in both males and females there is not a specific sex that it is more common in How does a person know if they have CF There are many symptoms to this deadly disease including salty tasting skin constant coughing large amounts of mucus trouble gaining weight frequent greasy foul smelling bowel growths in the nose nasal polyps and clubbed or enlarged fingertips and toe tips is another symptom Now there are many tests that can be done to find put if a person has CF One way which CF can be detected is to observe the symptoms A person doesnt need to have all the symptoms in order to have cystic fibrosis but they usually show most of them Another way are different genetic testing Doctors can now do genetic testing for CF but about 10 years ago they couldnt In 1989 the
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