American and Israeli Researchers’ Findings Could Make Kidney Transplants A Thing of the Pasthttp://goo.gl/JHyajH
It was long believed that the kidney is a “static” organ once it develops, but researchers in Israel and America recently discovered that, contrary to popular belief, the human kidney is capable of regenerating itself.
The study, conducted by researchers at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, and Stanford University is set to change the way we think about our kidneys by identifying the precise cellular signaling responsible for kidney regeneration and exposing the multifaceted nature of kidney growth.
Kidney regeneration: not just confined to petri dishes
Such a discovery is revolutionary in the medical field as kidney regeneration could potentially serve as an alternative to kidney transplants. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 10 percent of adults – more than 20 million people – suffer from chronic kidney disease, which is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as effectively as healthy kidneys.
Dr. Benjamin Dekel, the principal researcher at Tel Aviv University, began researching the subject of kidney regeneration three years ago while on sabbatical at Stanford University. Though the laboratory experiments and stem cell research were conducted at Stanford, the results were analyzed by researchers at TAU and Stanford.