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DNA scoring system improves kidney transplant matching

from Cosmos

Doctors currently rely on several criteria including three main blood tests, cell surface tests and limited DNA tests to determine if a patient and a potential donor are a kidney match. But the system is far from flawless. While transplant survival rates for patients with end stage renal failure are higher than for those treated with dialysis, 40 percent to 50 percent of kidney transplants still fail within 10 years. Now scientists have come up with a comprehensive DNA scoring system using many genes to predict long-term success of transplantation. This new system is described in a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. more

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