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10 Things You Didn't Know About Cystic Fibrosis

The earliest accounts of CF date back to 1595.

The earliest accounts of CF date back to 1595.

The earliest accounts of CF date as far back as 1595, even though it was not a documented disease until 1938. The mutation arose in Europe midway through the Stone Age and spread across the continent along with the restless bands of hunters and gatherers who bore it, scientists have reported. Using genetic samples from 15 different European groups to reconstruct molecularly the origin and evolution of cystic fibrosis, a widespread hereditary disease, researchers have concluded that the mutation is at least 52,000 years old, 10 to 20 times the age previously thought.