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Roundworms Offer New Insights Into Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

May 31, 2022

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Presented by Michigan News

Shawn Xu, U-M research professor, discusses the human genetic disorder, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, or BBS, for which there is currently no cure. Findings from new research suggest that the BBSome operates outside of cilia to support sight in one common model species, tiny roundworms. Xu highlights that in both experiments, the roundworms could still sense light as long as the BBSome functioned in the rest of the cell. The faculty expert further highlights research findings from the study that helps shed light on how to develop treatments for BBS.

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