Lab-Grown Kidney A Potential Game-Changer For Renal Patients

ReutersPublished: December 20, 20131,333 views
Published: December 20, 2013

It's a tiny kidney, built from stem cells in a laboratory by researchers at the University of Queensland, among them, Dr Jessica Vanslambrouk. She notes, "It's only a small structure but because it's similar to what you see in embryonic kidney it's an exciting step forward."

For people with chronic kidney disease, it might be a breakthrough. Not only could a bio-engineered kidney be used to test new drugs, it could also, one day be used to replace a

diseased kidney without fear of rejection, eliminating the need for dialysis or human-to-human transplant.

The University's Professor Brandon Wainwright says, "It is difficult to put a time on how long it will be before we turn this into an actual functioning kidney. I mean two years ago we would never have dreamed that this was possible and today as we stand here we can see that it is completely possible."

The researchers say the development bodes well for renal patients...while demonstrating how powerful the field of tissue bio-engineering is likely to become in the future. Credit: Reuters

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