Growing human kidneys in rats sparks ethical debate

Ultimately, the researchers plan to transplant the kidneys into larger animals, such as pigs, where the organs could grow large enough to be transplanted back into people. (Tanya Lewis)

 

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Growing human kidneys in rats sparks ethical debate (Tanya Lewis)

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