Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a gene that plays a critical role in the development of multiple cilia, microscopic hair-like structures that propel fluids through the brain and lungs. “Cells with multiple cilia play a number of important roles, including moving fluids through the respiratory tract, brain and spinal cord,” said lead researcher and Salk professor Christopher R. Kintner.

Kintner and his colleague, Pathway Genomics scientist Jennifer Stubbs, made the discovery by analyzing the embryos of Xenopus laevis, commonly known as the African clawed frog, while Stubbs was a postdoctoral fellow in Kintner’s lab. Read more about this exciting discovery…

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