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Collated in this highly personal commentary are the most important research findings of the past 10 years that deal primarily with the renal manifestations of inherited polycystic kidney diseases. Progress in understanding these complex disorders has followed two major concurrent and convergent lines of investigation: genes and genetic mechanisms, and pathogenesis and progression. The field has moved from descriptive pathobiology to the elucidation of molecular mechanisms consequent to genetic and epigenetic events. Doubtless, the favorite works of some who have labored diligently in this field have not been fully exalted, and for this I apologize. Were I the editor, this entire celebratory volume would be used to extol the thrilling growth of knowledge during the tenure of this polycystic kidney disease watcher.