Gene Editing May Offer Clues, Future Treatments for Kidney Disease

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Using an array of cutting edge tools and techniques, researchers around the country have achieved an incredible feat. They have learned to grow living 3D, kidney-like structures called kidney organoids in the laboratory using human cells.

“What we are trying to do with the kidney organoids is not only grow new kidney tissue, but learn fundamental things about how kidneys work,” explained Benjamin Freedman, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

These kidney organoids are grown from human stem cells, which can be coaxed into recreating some of the structures found in human kidneys. A powerful