Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys

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The kidneys are a very important part of the human body. They filter waste from the blood, as well as regulate your blood pressure, red blood cell production, and electrolyte balance.

Once they fail, usually because of infection, and too much alcohol consumption, your body is open to a lot of diseases. Symptoms of kidney failure include weakness, confusion, and shortness of breath. In worst cases, it can cause death.

People suffering from kidney failure only have two options: dialysis or transplant.

Fortunately, a study made scientists grow primitive human kidneys, making this a new, possibly more effective, way to treat kidney failure. More details are reported by Rob Stein on NPR News:

Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish

For the first time, primitive human kidneys have been created in a laboratory dish, by using stem cells.

Although the kidneys cannot perform the functions of a fully formed adult kidney, the researchers hope the achievement will someday lead to new ways to treat people suffering from kidney failure. Read more…

So scientists grow primitive human kidneys is the new thing. Looks like stem cell did it again!

Studies show that stem cell has potential in treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, spinal cord injuries, birth defects, even cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Stem cell has very promising benefits, however, it still needs a lot of research, especially because the long term effects remain unknown until now.

Image Credit: Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish – NPR

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