An Artificial Kidney Using Nanotechnology

For the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from chronic kidney failure, there may soon be an artificial replacement for the failing organ.  UCSF researchers are developing an artificial kidney using lab-grown cells and nanofilters to remove toxins from the blood.  The artificial kidney will allow patient to live without dialysis or extra pumps and costs as much as a real transplant but without the uncertainty of a transplant wait or rejection by the body’s immune system.  While a transplanted kidney may only last for about 10 years, the artificial kidney can last indefinitely with the implantation of new cells via injections every few years.

(Source: MedGadget)

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