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Short Film – What is Alpha 1

September 4, 2012 Alpha1 Admin Comments Off

Commissioned by the Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland in collaboration with COPD Support Ireland and funded by the Health Research Board, this educational film describes the genetic condition alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1 for short).

People born with Alpha-1 do not produce enough alpha-1 antitrypsin, an important protein which protects the lungs. They therefore have increased risk for the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 1 in 25 Irish people carry the defective gene that causes Alpha-1.

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