Research

Kidney podocytes cannot naturally reproduce, but new paper by the Shankland Lab shows they can be replaced from an unexpected source. 

Dr. Stuart Shankland, Division Head, UW Nephrology, research news:

Understanding of cellular transdifferentiation is limited by the technical inability to track multiple lineages in vivo. To overcome this we developed a new tool to simultaneously fate map two distinct cell types in the kidney, and genetically test whether cells of renin lineage (CoRL) can transdifferentiate to a podocyte fate.

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