Kidneys

  • News HeadlinesGills first performed the function of the kidneys and only then came in handy for breathing 1

    Gills first performed the function of the kidneys, and only then came in handy for breathing

    (ORDO NEWS) — Gills are known to allow many species of animals to breathe underwater, but they also have the additional function of regulating the ionic and pH balance in the blood, just as the kidneys do. Initially, scientists believed that these functions of the gills arose and developed in parallel, but now they have revised their views. The worm-like ancestors of all modern vertebrates, from fish to humans, first…

  • News HeadlinesScientists take another step towards growing human kidneys in vitro

    Scientists take another step towards growing human kidneys ‘in vitro’

    (ORDO NEWS) — In the fight against numerous human kidney diseases, great hopes are placed on stem cells. Now scientists have managed to obtain both types of fetal kidney tissues “in vitro”, which in the future can provide an influx of donor organs. One in nine adults in the world has some kind of kidney disease, and the number of people suffering from kidney failure is steadily increasing. The possibility…

  • News HeadlinesResearchers have just discovered that the kidneys act differently on the blood than we previously thought

    Researchers have just discovered that the kidneys act differently on the blood than we previously thought

    (ORDO NEWS) — By this time tomorrow, every drop of blood in your body will have passed through your kidneys dozens of times. With each pass, waste-laden water is removed to form urine, and fresh, purified blood is returned back into the circulation. We can think of this vital task as a kind of forced filtering, which is carried out under the pressure of our heartbeat. But according to a…