Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

Bioengineer to Use $2M Grant to Study Gene Editing for CF

A bioengineer at Rice University will use a more than $2 million federal grant for a project to “repair” harmful mutations that cause cystic fibrosis (CF) using a potentially more accurate approach to gene editing developed in her lab, the university announced in a press release. The National…

Bacterial Fatty Acids May Play Role in Exacerbations in CF Children

Due to persistent bacterial infections, long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) are linked to continued inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients — and may contribute to pulmonary exacerbations in children with CF, according to a recent study. The scientists said further studies are needed to examine how bacterial functions following antibiotic…

Phase 2b Trial of MS1819, Yeast-based EPI for CF, Fully Enrolled

AzurRx BioPharma announced that its Phase 2b trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of MS1819 in treating exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is fully enrolled. Thirty adults with CF are taking part in the OPTION 2 study (NCT04375878) comparing MS1819 with the current standard…

Organoids Accepted as Means to Targeted Therapy, Survey Reveals

A recent survey shows that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) broadly favor targeted therapy using patient-derived organoids — the three-dimensional organ-like structures made from a patient’s own cells. The finding suggests that this technology might be integrated successfully into healthcare systems. The study, “Avatar acceptability: views…

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The Benefits of Being Sick

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As columnist Lara Govendo reflects on her journey through CF and transplant, she realizes there are a surprising number of benefits.

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