Dialysis of patient with kidney failure. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Functioning human kidney created in mice

Scientists from the University of Manchester have created human kidney tissue for the first time outside the human body. The tissue, which is able to produce urine, was generated from human embryonic stem cells that were combined with a particular gel that served as artificial connective tissue. This mixture was then injected in mice, which started to form human nephrons, the functional units of kidneys. This is a major research milestone which may help patients with kidney failure in the future.

Read the full story: University of Manchester
Scientific publication: Stem Cell Reports