Loss of Cilia Leads to Melanoma

Most cells in the human body have a cilium, a slender cell protuberance that picks up signals from the cell’s external environment. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that these fine sensory antennae play a key role in the formation of melanoma. When cilia are prevented from developing in benign pigment cells, the cells degenerate and develop an aggressive form of melanoma. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)