Mallory Smith passed away from cystic fibrosis at the age of 25. She wrote 25,000 pages worth of journal entries, which her mother published after her death in 2017 as “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life.”
Researchers at the Stanford University Medical School have developed a new test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the patient’s vital organs.
A team of Stanford researchers recently found that smaller amounts of a particular protein are necessary to prevent cystic fibrosis than had been previously believed, in a research effort that also produced a new and more effective sweat test for measuring patients’ protein levels.
Accessible genetic screenings for anyone considering having children could soon be a reality, if Counsyl—a genetic testing company founded by a team of Stanford alumni—achieves its aim.