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Stem Cells to be Tested for Kidney Repair

Salt Lake researchers are launching a groundbreaking clinical trial to see if adult stem cell transplants will reverse or prevent kidney failure. If it works, it will be the kind of self-healing everybody has been waiting for. Stem cell transplants have proven successful in animal experiments in Germany and Salt Lake, but now the time has come to start clinical trials in humans. Two patients here have already had the stem cell transplants. Open heart surgery places a lot of stress on the kidneys, patients who have other complications often go into kidney failure. That's why this group has been selected for the clinical trial. A special kind of adult stem cell taken from the bone marrow of living donors will be injected into the blood stream shortly after their heart surgeries. Christof Westenfelder, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer at Allocure, said "These cells, after they read what's going on in the injured organ, then instruct the surviving cells in the injured organ to defend themse

Salt Lake researchers are launching a groundbreaking clinical trial to see if adult stem cell transplants will reverse or prevent kidney failure. If it works, it will be the kind of self-healing everybody has been waiting for. Stem cell transplants have proven successful in animal experiments in Germany and Salt Lake, but now the time has come to start clinical trials in humans. Two patients here have already had the stem cell transplants. Open heart surgery places a lot of stress on the kidneys, patients who have other complications often go into kidney failure. That's why this group has been selected for the clinical trial. A special kind of adult stem cell taken from the bone marrow of living donors will be injected into the blood stream shortly after their heart surgeries. Christof Westenfelder, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer at Allocure, said "These cells, after they read what's going on in the injured organ, then instruct the surviving cells in the injured organ to defend themselves, to repair the organ." The stem cells linger until the repair is complete, then, as programmed, self-destruct within three days so they won't go to other organs where they're not needed.

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