As a child of the 50s and 60s, I was surrounded by folks who experimented with all sorts of “mind-enhancing” drugs. Me? I was content to keep my experiments contained within my chem lab. (Nowadays, my fraternity brothers and friends would term me the “designated driver”.)
Yes, Japan allows stem cell research- the research that can’t be effected by most Americans. The US government has forbidden one scintilla of such research to be performed, if the institution receives even one penny of US funding. Which means that American scientists cannot use their ingenuity to produce the artificial organs that would result if they could. But, the research about which I am reporting today is actually legal under US law.
We’ve discussed the new wearable kidney and the new home dialysis device. Today, we’ll discuss an implantable device- one that replaces the dialysis device, but not the kidneys. Which will have to do until there is a stem-cell kidney replacement.
Ah, yes, you knew this would happen. At least if you truly thought about it.
Japanese scientists have cloned stem cells to produce viable kidneys. Ok, in rats. But still! This is the sort of research that our country feels is in contravention to some religious morality. (Why not just let those folks NOT perform the research themselves. We have many others who want to help our sick citizens!)
There are some 10000 folks dying- while on the list to receive a kidney transplant- every year. But, there are still no stem cell produced kidneys. Which is why some Wake Forest researchers are seeking ways to skirt the political bugaboos regarding stem cells – and still trying to increase the availability of kidneys for those in need.
I’ve followed diabetes mostly because it usually leads to kidney failure. And, that has been one of my prime interests for nigh 55 years now. And, if we can preclude this escalation, the quality of life one can have is pretty reasonable. Given that there are some 30 million folks with diabetes, that means there are a slew of folks who can also find themselves subject to kidney failure.