Scientists Discover Role of PVT1 Gene in Diabetic Kidney Disease

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona are shedding new light on the role of the PVT1 gene in reducing kidney filtration and causing diabetic kidney disease. They discovered that high blood sugar increases the rate of PVT1 gene expression, unleashing proteins associated with damage to…

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Research Breakthrough – Kidneys Grown in Lab in Scotland

Scottish researchers at the University of Edinburgh have managed to grow tiny kidneys measuring just 0.2 inches long. Their breakthrough represents a giant leap forward in the future treatment of kidney disease. The organs, created in the lab using stem cells from human amniotic fluid and animal fetal cells, are…

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Low Levels of Hormone Klotho May Be Early Warning Sign of CKD

Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that Klotho, an anti-aging hormone produced in the kidneys, may serve as a biomarker for early CKD and its cardiovascular complications.  Low levels of Klotho have been observed in both mice and humans with CKD. The senior author of the study, Dr.…

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Grant System Leaves Cancer Researchers to Play it Safe

From New York Times June 28, 2009 Here is an interesting article with insight into the cancer research grant system and why more funds are needed for medical research. Grant System Leaves Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe

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