Scientists Have Developed the First Artificial Kidney
Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard the good news?! This is really amazing – a group of university scientists have developed the world’s first artificial kidney technology to be implanted in the body. Their bionic kidney uses living kidney cells in tandem with a series of specialized microchips powered by the human heart to filter waste from the blood stream. Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
According to the latest statistics, provided by the National Kidney Foundation, more than 100,000 patients are on the waiting list for a donor kidney, and over 3,000 are added list each year.
The experts say that transplanted organs from deceased or living donors must be carefully matched in order to avoid tissue rejection, but an artificial solution could potentially bypass these complications and be manufactured to better meet the demand.
William Fissell from Vanderbilt and Shuvo Roy from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have launched The Kidney Project. First of all, you should know that this project is about creating a permanent solution to the scarcity problem in organ transplantation. We are increasing the options for people with chronic kidney disease who would otherwise be forced onto dialysis.
In November 2015, The Kidney Project received a $6 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The prototype is roughly the size of a coffee cup and uses a combination of silicon nanotechnology and living kidney cells to filter blood. A series of 15 microchips serve as scaffolding for the living cells to grow on and around, creating a bio-hybrid device.