The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has signed a $1.18 million agreement with the Flatley Discovery Lab in Charlestown, Mass., to investigate and supply marine microbial extracts as possible treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF).
The life-shortening respiratory disease has eluded attempts at a cure, although researchers have been successful in some cases at adding years to a person’s lifespan, primarily through treatment with antibiotics.
Now, WHOI is joining Flatley in a novel approach to attacking CF. WHOI microbiologist and chemist Tracy Mincer and his colleagues will provide undersea microbes that Flatley scientists can use in their attempt to stimulate the mutated CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Trans-membrane Conductance Regulator) gene to work normally.
“The collaboration between my laboratory at WHOI and the Flatley Discovery Lab represents an exciting opportunity to explore the chemical diversity of a …