Scientists grow kidney in the laboratory

Laboratory grown rat kidney.

Scientists in the the U.S. say the have “grown” a kidney in the laboratory and it has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine.  Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far.

 

 

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Hobbie-J, World’s Smartest Rat, Brings Hope For Future Dementia Patients

hobbie-j

Hobbie-J was injected with genetic material to boost the NR2B gene which controls memory when he was an enbryo.

Hobbie-J, named after a Chinese cartoon character, can remember objects for three times longer than other rats and is better at finding its way through mazes.  The rat, when it was an embryo, was injected with genetic material to boost the NR2B gene which controls memory.

 

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Introducing the Rat Brain Robot

Rat Brain Robot

 Most robots wish they had a bit more rat brain in them

After buttoning up a lab coat, snapping on surgical gloves and spraying them with alcohol, I am deemed sanitary enough to view a robot’s control system up close. Without such precautions, any fungal spores on my skin could infect it. “We’ve had that happen. They just stop working and die off,” says Mark Hammond, the system’s creator. Video after the jump.

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