Genetic Therapy Used to Restore Sense of Smell in Mice

Scientists have found a way through gene therapy to restore the sense of smell to mice that were previously genetically altered with a disease that had taken away their sense of smell. This particular disease affected microscopic hairs insi

de the mouse called cilia that would allow them to detect chemicals in the air. Diseases that affect the cilia are also partly responsible for some diseases in humans such as blindness, deafness, and kidney disease. Have these scientists set the stage for therapeutic approaches to treating other diseases/disorders that involve cilia dysfunction?