Kidney transplant breakthrough: Genes identified by Australian and US researchers may predict organ failure risk

Surgeon James Guarrera harvests the damaged kidney of patient Adam Abernathy as part of a five-way organ transplant swap in New York, August 1, 2012.  Reuters/Keith Bedford

A new study by Australian and US researchers has revealed that it is possible to predict organ failure risk post kidney transplant. In what has been defined as a landmark breakthrough in medical research, the scientists identified several genes holding the key to determining the future outcome of a kidney transplant.

According to the ABC, the discovery of the genes mean people will be able to get treatment much before any irreversible damage occurs. Lead author of the study, professor Philip O’Connell, and other experts at New York's Mount Sinai Medical School and Sydney's Westmead Institute identified the 13 genes that may predict if patients are at a risk of organ damage after a kidney transplant. Continue reading
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