The prototype organ can mimic haemodialysis.
Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, recently tested a prototype of an artificial kidney completely identical to a real kidney. After an organ transplant, patients no longer have to depend on medication to artificially suppress the immune system or thin their blood.
The kidney contains a hemofilter to purify the blood as well as a bioreactor that controls metabolism. Furthermore, the organ dutifully regulates water volume, protects cells from immune system attacks, and performs other vital tasks.
Currently, the scientists are preparing for in-depth preclinical trials. After completing them, they intend to test the artificial organ in humans.
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