Benjamin “Beno” Freedman has been named STEM CELLS' Young Investigator of 2018 for his groundbreaking work with organoids in studying kidney structure and disease.
Robots can now create human mini-organs from stem cells.
A lab takes human stem cells and helps them develop into kidney structures, which can be tested for response to therapeutics that might subsequently help people manage chronic kidney diseases.
Kidney organoids are revealing both the factors that influence the formation of kidney cysts, as well as how the disease progresses. The organoids are grown in labware from human stem cells.