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Supercooled livers are a boost for human transplant organs

Published on Jun 30, 2014 6:36 AM
 

PARIS (AFP) - A new “supercooling” technique keeps rat livers alive three times longer than before, boosting hopes for easing shortages of human transplant organs, scientists said on Sunday.

The method involves cooling the livers while flushing them with oxygen and nutrients and preserving them in a solution containing a form of antifreeze.

The livers can be conserved at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius yet not freeze and thus suffer cell damage.

All rats given livers “supercooled” for three days (72 hours) were healthy after three months, a benchmark for survival.

 
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