Scientists Grow Kidney's in Lab.

A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human-induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato et al./Nature

A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human-induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato et al./Nature

 Australian scientists are now able to grow a “mini-kidney” from stem cells. The researchers aim to use these primitive, miniaturized organs to test drugs, model diseases and develop cell therapies. The study was published this week in Nature and was conducted in conjunction with researchers from the Netherlands.

This is a huge breakthrough for the 26 million Americans who suffer from Kidney disease. This will allow stem-cells from a patient with kidney disease to form into a "mini-kidney" and help with ephrotoxicity screening, disease modelling and will be a source of cells for therapy.