Study shows cystic fibrosis could be most prevalent genetic disorder among North Indians

  • | Saturday | 7th November, 2020

New delhi: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has conducted a genetic research pilot study which shows that cystic fibrosis might be the most prevalent genetic disorder in the North Indian population, after thalassemia. Nine out of these 200 individuals were found to be carrying a defective gene variant for cystic fibrosis (CFTR). This was an unexpected result as cystic fibrosis was not thought to be a commonly occurring genetic disorder in India. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system. According to Dr Bijarnia-Mahay, general consensus among doctors is that cystic fibrosis is a very rare condition in India.

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