Lab Kidney Reveals Secrets of Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic kidney disease (also called PKD) causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. These cysts are filled with fluid. If too many cysts grow or if they get too big, the kidneys can become damaged. PKD cysts can slowly replace much of the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.By creating and manipulating mini-kidney organoids that contain a realistic micro-anatomy, researchers can now track the early stages of polycystic kidney disease. The organoids are grown from human stem cells.
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