A brand new rat kidney being built on the scaffold of an old one
(Image: Ott Lab, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital)
Kidney breakthrough: complete lab-grown organ works in rats
- 18:00 14 April 2013 by Andy Coghlan
For the first time, complete lab-grown kidneys have been successfully transplanted into rats, filtering and discharging urine as a normal kidney would.
The breakthrough paves the way for human-scale versions, which could potentially provide an inexhaustible supply of organs, eliminating the need for recipients to wait for a matching donor kidney .
Similar techniques have already been applied successfully in people with simpler tissue, such as windpipes. But the kidney is by far the most complex organ successfully recreated.
“If this technology can be scaled to human-size grafts, patients suffering from renal failure, who are currently waiting for…
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