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Kidney and bladder health

12 August 2011

Stem cell therapy promising for kidney disease

Researchers may be one step closer to harnessing the power of stem cells to help treat, and potentially cure, kidney disease.

Researchers may be one step closer to harnessing the power of stem cells to help treat, and potentially cure, kidney disease.

The next step is to see if the cell lines - called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) - can be expanded, and then injected back into people with kidney disease to develop functional tissue and/or organs. While this may be years off and there are many steps left to take, the technology has the potential to cure certain hereditary forms of kidney disease and acute kidney injury, and could eliminate the need for dialysis and/or kidney transplants in some patients with end-stage kidney disease.

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