Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Transplantation breakthrough: Stanford physician have found a way to transplant human kidneys without requiring the recipient to stay on a lifelong course of anti-rejection drugs. The donated kidneys do not have to come from a relative either. Part of the technique involves using adult stem cells from the donor to teach the recipient not to recognize the new kidney as "foreign". According to the article, this is "the direction in which transplantation will move in the future".