"Supercooling" Technique Keeps Transplant Organs Body-Fresh for Longer

By Gary Cutlack on at

A new method that infuses organs with nutrients then freezes them can extend the period in which they can survive outside of the body, potentially revolutionising the time-critical process of transplanting spare parts from one person to another.

As ever, the benefits are set to hit the sick animals of the world first, with researchers finding that the life of rodent organs stored in this new fashion can be extended from 24 hours outside of the body for up to three days. Good news for all those rats currently suffering hours of difficult dialysis each week in veterinary surgeries across the country. [Nature via BBC]

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