George Witman News Article in Scientific American

Date Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015
George Witman, PhD
George Witman, PhD

A news article about ciliopathies published in Scientific American explains how research by George B. Witman, PhD, Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and Gregory J. Pazour, PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine, led to the discovery that cilia dysfunction causes polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which affects about 12.5 million people worldwide.

UMMS News described the article in a recent publication. Link to UMMS News.

Dr. Witman, who authored a separate review article published by BioScience in December, said the future may include cilia-based gene therapies that could potentially treat diseases such as retinal degeneration before it causes blindness.

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Read Dr. Witman’s review article at BioScience

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