How do fingers become fingers and not toes? How does the brain generate the correct number of neurons? How do the kidneys branch into the complex and elegant structure that filters the blood and regulates its pressure?
Renowned biologist Andy McMahon, PhD, FRS, spent decades unlocking these and other mysteries of embryonic development by identifying the role of key regulatory genes. By the time he decided to leave Harvard University for USC, he was ready to take on a new challenge: finding cures for patients with kidney disease.
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