Re­search funded to re­gen­er­ate kid­neys

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HU­MAN stem cells may be used to de­velop kid­neys as an al­ter­na­tive for re­nal re­place­ment, if fund­ing for a new re­search project an­nounced yes­ter­day proves fruit­ful.

Pro­fes­sor Melissa Lit­tle from the Mur­doch Chil­dren’s Re­search In­sti­tute will re­ceive $936,221 for her re­search project cour­tesy of the Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil (NHMRC).

The re­search will fo­cus on the molec­u­lar ba­sis of kid­ney de­vel­op­ment, re­nal dis­ease and re­pair, with Lit­tle say­ing it was now pos­si­ble to make kid­ney tis­sue from hu­man stem cells.

“Hav­ing this de­velop into ma­ture kid­ney tis­sue af­ter trans­plan­ta­tion is a very promis­ing step to­wards new treat­ments,” she said.

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