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Stem cells beat kidney rejection

March 10, 2012
"It's almost surreal when I think about it because I feel so healthy and normal"
- Lindsay Porter, kidney transplant patient

An injection of stem cells given alongside a kidney transplant could remove the need for a lifetime of drugs to suppress the immune system, say scientists.

Early tests of the technique at US hospitals were successful in a small number of patients.

The journal Science Translational Medicine reports how the majority no longer need anti-rejection medication.

Researchers said it could have a "major impact" on transplant science.

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