Gene therapy for Cystic fibrosis updates

Two new studies from the University of Iowa suggest that gene therapy may be a viable approach for treating or preventing lung disease caused by cystic fibrosis (CF). Working with CF pigs, the researchers, based in the UI Pappajohn Biomedical Institute (PBI), have shown that two different virus-based vectors can restore a working version of… Continue reading Gene therapy for Cystic fibrosis updates

Uncovering antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium of our environment. It can however become a formidable pathogen causing fatal infections, especially in intubated patients, people suffering from cystic fibrosis or severe burns. The presence of certain metals in the natural or human environment of the bacterium makes it more dangerous and, in particular, resistant to antibiotics… Continue reading Uncovering antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa