'Mini-kidney' structures generated from human stem cells for first time | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Diseases affecting the kidneys represent a major and unsolved health issue worldwide. The kidneys rarely recover function once they are damaged by disease, highlighting the urgent need for better knowledge of kidney development and physiology.


Hence the impetus to "grow" or assemble kidneys in the laboratory. This report is of research performed at the Salk institute which has involved the use and manipulation of pulripotent stem cells  to from small 'kidney buds' under laboratory conditions.