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Bioengineered kidney transplanted into rat

Cleansed of cells and repopulated anew, organ successfully produces urine

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12:45pm, April 16, 2013

By stripping a kidney of its cells and repopulating it with new ones, scientists have shown in a rat that a bioengineered kidney can function to some extent like a normal one. The work, published April 14 in Nature Medicine, reveals that the protein scaffold of a kidney provides the architecture and chemical cues that new cells need to adopt the roles of kidney cells.

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