Many kidney patients often stay for years in a waiting line in order to receive a kidney. The good news is that millions of people can now put their hopes high after scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, in the US, announced their plan to launch the first artificial bionic kidney this year.
The bionic kidney is a perfect replica of our kidneys. It has silicon filters, live cells and is bio-hybrid. Like the normal kidneys, it is able to filter waste and toxins from the bloodstream.
The project was unveiled by Willian Vanderbilt Fissels and Shuvo Roy from the University of California, offering renewed hope for millions of kidney dialysis patients. Now, some of you may be wondering “But, what if the body rejects it?”, but, the scientists assure us that the chances of rejection are zero!The device works with a series of microchips and is moved by the human heart.
This news is very special for patients who have been struggling with kidney disease and are dependent on hemodialysis. According to the doctors, there is a zero chance for the body to reject the artificial kidney since the bionic kidney is made from kidney cells. The prototype is the size of a cup of coffee and can optimize blood pressure and balance between sodium and potassium in the body.
In the beginning (November 2015), the scientists received $6 million from the Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and it’s safe to say that the money were well spent.
The researchers believe the options may be even broader and the main one of them, Dr. Victor Gura, says that within two years the bionic kidney will be available for sale. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.