Kenji Osafune of Kyoto University said his team had managed to take stem cells - the "blank slates" capable of being programmed to become any kind of cell in the body - and nudge them specifically in the direction of kidney tissue.
"It was a very significant step," he told AFP.
Osafune said they had succeeded in generating intermediate mesoderm tissue from the stem cells, a middle point between the blank slate and the finished kidney tissue.
|Dec 12||Shoplifting accounts for 10 percent of all criminal offenses in Japan|
|The number of shoplifting cases accounted for nearly 10 pct of all criminal offenses recognized by Japanese police, with the rate increasing, a National Police Agency survey showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press )|
|Dec 12||Hate speech campaigns causing conflicts in Japan: police|
|Hate speech campaigns have intensified in Japan, causing increased conflict with opponents, the National Police Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )|
|Dec 12||Chiba policeman arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend|
|A Chiba prefectural policeman has been arrested for repeatedly sending emails to his former girlfriend following their breakup. (Japan Today )|
|Dec 11||Tokyo man arrested after picking up teen prostitute at Ikebukuro 'JK rifure' parlor|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Tokyo man for picking up a teen prostitute he met a specialty massage parlor in Toshima Ward. (Tokyo Reporter )|
|Dec 11||Yokohama man nabbed for filming up co-ed's skirt, uploaded 1,000 photos to Net|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a 36-year-old man for recording photos inside the skirt of a female college student in Setagaya Ward. (Tokyo Reporter )|
|Dec 11||Miss International 2013 kicks off in Japan|
|The Miss International 2013 beauty pageant has begun in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 December. Over 72 contestants will compete with each other for the 53rd Miss International title. (ibtimes.co.in )|
|Dec 11||Japan school cancels student exchange with U.S. city over memorial|
|A high school in western Japan has canceled a student exchange program with its U.S. sister city following a disagreement over a memorial dedicated to World War II "comfort women." (Kyodo )|
|Dec 11||Japan battles rising tide of Chinese illegal immigrants|
|Japanese authorities are fighting against an increasing number of illegal immigrants from China, which is in turn fuelling the drug trade. (Journeyman Pictures )|
|Dec 11||Turk jailed for life for murder of Japanese tourist|
|A 23-year-old Turkish man was jailed for life on Tuesday for torturing and murdering a Japanese woman in Cappadocia, a spectacular tourist site in central Turkey. (Japan Today )|
|Dec 11||Woman, six teenagers in Japan's Hyogo arrested for sex abuse|
|A 43-year-old woman and other six boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years have been arrested by police in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo in connection with the abuse of a 15-year-old junior high school student, local press reported on Tuesday. (Global Times )|