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Promising Developments for Artificial Kidneys

Promising Developments for Artificial Kidneys

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According to a paper published in Nature, researchers have made significant strides in the development of an artificial kidney. This exciting breakthrough offers hope for patients on waiting lists for transplants.

Engineered using human stem cells, the new artificial kidney can filter blood and produce urine just like a natural kidney. The bio-hybrid device combines microchip filters and living kidney cells, leveraging the body's natural blood pressure for filtration. Its potential to mimic the function of a real kidney without the need for dialysis or immunosuppressive drugs might render it a game-changing alternative to traditional kidney transplants and dialysis treatments. While the artificial kidney has shown promise in initial animal tests, there is still a long journey ahead before it can be safely implanted in humans.