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Kidneys grown using stem cells

13th April 2011

Artificial human kidneys have been created by British scientists in a laboratory using stem cells.

The breakthrough could lead to organs being grown for human transplants. Physiologist Jamie Davies, a professor of experimental anatomy at Edinburgh University, said: 'It sounds a bit science fiction-like but it's not. The idea is to start with human stem cells and end up with a functioning organ. We have made pretty good progress with that. We can make something that has the complexity of a normal, foetal kidney."

 

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