BAR HARBOR — Researchers at MDI Biological Laboratory are breaking new ground in area of kidney regeneration.
The lead researcher of a team at the lab said COVID-19 has presented hurdles but they’ve been able to get around them.
He said kidney regeneration in humans is done by birth.
However, with some fish, they continue to heal throughout their lifetime.
“How they generate new tissue, how they hook it into the existing kidney architecture so that it functions,” said Iain Drummond, PhD.
“You have to filter blood, the fluid has to come down a tube, get modified and then finally exit,” he said.
Drummond said they are using zebra fish as the example and mice to test their theory.
“And that’s what we’ve done. We’ve taken advantage of organisms that can regenerate and can add new tissue to try and figure out to do it in people,” he said.
Drummond said he is optimistic that there will be significant advancements in kidney regeneration within five years.
He wants the kidney disease community to know they are working hard for them.
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