There just aren't enough donated organs to fill the need. That's why scientists have been dreaming of growing transplantable organs in labs. Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine have made a step forward by creating a functional rat kidney.
The process is not quite as futuristic as growing a whole organ from scratch. Researchers started with kidneys from dead rats and used a special soap-cleaning process to scrub away the cells. Essentially, this gave them a foundation of a kidney to work with, a blank canvas.… Read more