Researchers from Kyoto University said they have generated kidney tissue from induced pluripotent stem cells for the first time ever.
their work was reportedly published recently in the online science journal nature communications.
the team used i-p-s cells to produce what is known as intermediate mesoderm, of which kidney cells are derived.
they also cultivated the intermediate mesoderm with kidney cells from a mouse embryo to create a portion of a urinary tubule.
kidneys have a complex structure and, once damaged, are difficult to restore.
many people with kidney problems must rely on dialysis.
the researchers' work is seen as a first step toward generating kidney tissue that can be used in transplants.