Can an artificial kidney finally free patients from dialysis?

The Kidney Project, led by scientists at UC San Francisco, has made significant progress in developing a new approach to treating kidney failure. They have successfully demonstrated that kidney cells can survive inside a pig’s body by using an implantable device called a bioreactor. This device can mimic important kidney functions and does not trigger the recipient’s immune system. The ultimate goal is to create a human-scale device that can replace dialysis and improve the treatment of kidney disease. The researchers are now seeking to conduct month-long trials in animals and eventually in humans.

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