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In early online publication, scientists performed a genome-wide SNP scan in patients with cystic fibrosis to identify IFRD1 as a modifier of cystic fibrosis lung disease severity. In vivo, IFRD1 deficiency caused delayed bacterial clearance from the airway, suggesting that IFRD1 has its effect by regulating neutrophil effector function.

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