It is hoped the organs could be grown to maturity if implanted in a patient. In future, people’s amniotic fluid could be retained at birth, allowing it to be used later if they develop kidney disease.
‘We are working on how you turn cells floating about in liquid into something as precisely arranged as a kidney. We have made pretty good progress with that.
‘We can make something that has the complexity of a normal, foetal kidney but not an adult one yet.’
Stem cell technology could be ready for use on humans in about ten years, he said.
A US team has already shown a foetal kidney can be put into an adult animal and grown there. About 7,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants but there is a serious shortage of the organs.
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