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Jan 8, 2020

This Artificial Kidney Eliminates The Need For Kidney Dialysis

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If this works that would be awesome.


It is estimated by The National Kidney Foundation that over 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for kidney donors. A further 3,000 names are added to the list every year. An average patient has to wait for 3.6 years for a viable transplant. The patients are treated with dialysis while they are waiting for a transplant and only one in three patients survive for more than five years without a transplant. All that could change as scientists have developed the world’s first artificial kidney.

This bio-hybrid uses living kidney cells along with a series of specialized microchips powered by the human heart to filter waste from the blood-stream. The artificial kidney can bypass the complication of matching donors and tissue rejection. To address this unmet need, William Fissell from Vanderbilt and Shuvo Roy from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) launched The Kidney Project.

“We can leverage Mother Nature’s 60 million years of research and development and use kidney cells that fortunately for us grow well in the lab dish, and grow them into a bioreactor of living cells,” explained Fissell in a recent article published by Research News Vanderbilt. Fissel claims that it can reliably distinguish between waste chemicals and the nutrients that need to be reabsorbed by the body.

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  • RAJAGOPALAN.T.D on January 17, 2020 7:52 am

    Artificial Kidney may be Great help to All Kidney Patients in the world.when it may come in India.

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