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Researchers develop artificial kidney

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Researchers at the University of California, US, have developed the world’s first implantable artificial kidney, which is capable of mimicking the kidney’s most important functions such as filtering toxins from the bloodstream, regulating blood pressure and producing vitamin D. The artificial kidney, which is the size of a coffee cup, could last for decades and does not require pumps or batteries to function.The device has a filtration section to remove toxins from the blood and a compartment with renal cells to perform other functions of the kidney.The researchers have successfully tested the device in animals and are awaiting approval to conduct larger scale animal and human trials over the next five years.

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