HU­MAN LIVERS CAN BE STORED FOR 27 HOURS

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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.

Dec­can Chron­i­cle

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