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New funding boosts efforts to develop artificial kidney

Narrator:       This is Science Today. New funding is boosting efforts to develop an implantable artificial kidney. The Kidney Project has been identified as a campus priority by the University of California, San Francisco, because of its potential to develop a breakthrough therapy that would make a worldwide health impact. Bioengineer Shuvo Roy is leading the Kidney Project.

Roy:               We've been working on this over the last 10 years or so to test out the individual technology components, and we're at a stage where we feel we can now bring this into a unit that can be scaled up ultimately for a human use. When we're successful, our device will provide therapy 24/7. It will allow the patient to be mobile. They don't have to be tethered to a machine. Third, it'll also get many of the benefits of a kidney so you do not have to feel as bad as many people on dialysis do.

Narrator:       The goal is to have the artificial kidney in clinical trials by 2017. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.