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+ - Cystic Fibrosis gene correction drug approved by t->

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tguyton writes "The good news: the FDA just approved the distribution of the first drug to treat the underlying cause of Cystic Fibrosis, called Kalydeco by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The bad news: this drug will only affect 4% of patients with the disease in the US. From the article:

[Affected patients] with the so-called G551D mutation have a defective protein that fails to balance the flow of chloride and water across the cell wall, leading to the buildup of internal mucus. The vast majority of cystic fibrosis patients have a different genetic defect, in which the protein does not reach the cell wall. Vertex is developing another drug to try and address that problem. Study data for that drug is expected later this year.

Hopefully the research involved will be applicable to finding treatments for other genetic diseases."
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+ - AT&T vs. Net Neutrality, Round One->

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tguyton writes "AT&T censored their live broadcast of Pearl Jam at Lollapalooza a couple weeks ago as soon as the band started singing anti-Bush lyrics. Not to be a doom-monger, but is this a sign of things to come from major ISPs? According to a related post, this is not the first time AT&T has done something like this. They must have done some pretty serious damage control to keep this out of mainstream media — I haven't seen any major stories about it, and I only found this blog post through stumbleupon."
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