That thorny question is one of nine that Hopkins faculty are examining with Exploration of Practical Ethics grants administered by the Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Although the kidneys cannot perform the functions of a fully formed adult kidney, the researchers hope the achievement will someday lead to new ways to treat people suffering from kidney failure

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Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals

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With the assistance of emergency Medicaid, Bernal de Villalta, 30, who came to Long Island in 2009 from El Salvador, has had dialysis three times a week for the past two years. But because Bernal de Villalta is an undocumented immigrant she does not qualify for health insurance that would help pay for a costly kidney transplant

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Continuing paradoxes are created by current US health care policies for undocumented immigrants.

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