HUMAN LIVERS CAN BE STORED FOR 27 HOURS
Technology and its breakthroughs never cease to amaze us. Scientists have found a way to make livers last for three times as long, and that means there’s hope for those on transplant waiting lists. Super cooling is all set to make the ‘transplant window’ jump from 9 to 27 hours.
A mixture of chemicals can make this possible, including an element that is used in antifreeze. In a first, human livers can be retained and stored at sub-zero temperatures, without freezing, which would lead to their destruction.
With organ shortage, a number of people die because sometimes the organs don’t reach on time.
Storing livers for longer would remove one of the major barriers in making the organ accessible for those who need it. Researchers hope this can be applied to making other organs last longer as well.