The Harvard Institutes of Medicine announced what they call "a highly efficient system for developing kidney tubular cells from human embryonic stem cells." This is a huge breakthrough for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients because it could be the beginning of the use of regenerative medicine rather than Dialysis or Transplantation to treat Kidney Failure.
As described in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers have learned how to alter human stem cells into tissues used to develop the embryo (the earliest developmental stage of a cell) that creates the kidneys. Dr, Albert Q. Lam suggested that this new finding "would be the starting blocks for deriving more specific renal cells.
Once transplanted into mice kidneys, the cells continued to behave like kidney cells, suggesting that renal tissue could one day be created that would be functional as well as completely immunocompatible (compatible with host's immune system) which would eliminate the need of immunosuppressant medication.
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