Harvard working on breakthrough to repair and replace failed kidneys
...This is encouraging news for kidney patients who have to spend four hours a day three days a week attached to a dialysis machine. Kidney patients are also vulnerable to other physical dangers some of which require amputations.
Researchers at Harvard University have invented a method of bioprinting complex kidney tissue that consists of human stem cells with a potential real-life application. To be more specific, the team from Harvard’s School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences is now printing functional Kidney Proximal Tubules (critical for kidneys to provide fluid, electrolyte, and nutrient balance). These kidney filters could be implanted into Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are suffering from Kidney Failure so they would no longer need Dialysis or even be used to create new kidneys.
According to Researchers, lab tests show that the engineered kidneys demonstrate very good function to a degree that has not been achieved before. Hence, unlike earlier experiments, this is not only a structural creation but could also potentially be a functional kidney. Developing functional kidneys would cut the Kidney Transplant Waiting List drastically and, maybe someday, even entirely.