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The CFTR gene encodes a protein that transports sodium and chloride (salt) ions in the body. Mutations to this gene can cause cystic fibrosis, the most common fatal genetic disorder in the United States. A defective CFTR gene cannot transport the ions, resulting in the production of thick mucus that builds up and clogs the lungs and pancreas.

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      Chemistry,NSDL,lungs,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,ions in the body,sodium,cftr gene,mutations,chromosome 7,united states,thick mucus,salt ions,cystic fibrosis,Life Science,protein,pancreas,2d animation,biological elements,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20081106034511689T,fatal genetic disorder

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