Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,296 Reviews & Articles | 53,221 News Posts

Scientists create supercooling system to keep organs fresh for days

Scientists create new supercooling method that may one day lead to donated human organs lasting days before transplanting
By: Shane McGlaun | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 2:01 pm

One of the big challenges when it comes to performing organ transplants is to keep the organ fresh during the trip from the donor to the recipient. If the two live in different part of the country or world, keeping those organs fresh and viable can be difficult. Scientists have devised a new supercooling method that has the potential to keep the organs fresh for days.

 

scientists_create_supercooling_system_to_keep_organs_fresh_for_days_5

 

Currently organs can only remain fresh and viable for less than 24 hours during transportation. Scientists have developed a new supercooling process that in lab tests has shown to be able to keep a rat liver fresh and viable for three days.

 

The supercooling technique reportedly connects the organ to a machine that perfuses it with nutrients and cools it so minus 6C. The breakthrough could eventually lead to the ability to share donated organs around the world.

NEWS SOURCES:Bbc.com

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts
View Our Latest Videos

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading