Artificial kidney may soon be a possibility
By the end of the decade, it may not be necessary to wait for a cadaveric kidney or a donor for a renal transplant. By then, it might be possible to have an artificial device that would take over the function of the kidney.Research in this regard has been on for the past 15 years and indications are that by the end of 2017, the device would be tested on patients.

A clinical trial would involve not more than a dozen patients, said Shuvo Roy, researcher from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Roy, who delivered the Mrs. Malathi Venkatesan TANKER Foundation memorial lecture on Wednesday, spoke about the device and how it evolved.The device is designed in such a way that it would not only carry out the job of a dialysis machine, but a cell membrane from a cadaveric kidney injected along with the device would ensure a continuous supply of nutrition.