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Stem cell kidney posibiilites

A team of Japanese researchers says they have succeeded in growing kidney tissue from human stem cell, a breakthrough that could eventually allow scientists to grow kidneys for use in transplants.

The team at Kumamoto University studied how kidneys form in mice. So far, they have actually grown renal tissue in a test tube, and they believe it could produce urine in the same way a human kidney does.

But, the team leader says it could be a decade before they reach their goal of making small kidneys for medical use.

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