April is organ donor awareness month and with that comes something to celebrate.
Scientists reporting in the journal ‘Nature Medicine' say they have created fully functional rat kidneys in the lab, an accomplishment that could lead to building new organs for humans with kidney disease.
The kidneys were made by stripping donor kidneys of their cells and then putting new cells that regenerate tissue into them. They were then put into an incubating chamber for about 5 days to help the tissue grow. The regenerated kidneys were even able to produce urine when transplanted into the rats.
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