Kidneys created from stem cell

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It raises hopes that kidney disease patients will one day be able to grow their own new organs with no risk of rejection.

Kidneys 5mm long – the size of those in foetuses – were made using a combination of cells from amniotic fluid, which surrounds babies in the womb, and animal foetal cells.

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.

‘The idea is to start with human stem cells and end up with a functioning organ,’ said physiologist professor Jamie Davies, whose University of Edinburgh team carried out the work.

‘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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