In boost for transplants, kidney tissue grown in lab

In boost for transplants, kidney tissue grown in labScientists said Wednesday they had grown rudimentary human kidney tissue from stem cells, a key step towards the Holy Grail of fully-functional, lab-made transplant organs. The researchers from Australia and the Netherlands grew their "kidney-like structure" from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells — adult cells reprogrammed into a neutral state from which they can be coaxed to develop into other cell types. Given the critical shortage of donor organs to replace those damaged by accident or disease, it has long been a goal of science to create human organs from stem cells.



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