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World 1st: Device Keeps Human Liver Alive Outside Body

from Health Canal

The technology, developed at Oxford University and now being trialed at the liver transplant center at King's College Hospital as part of a controlled clinical investigation, could preserve a functioning liver outside the body for 24 hours. A donated human liver connected to the device is raised to body temperature and oxygenated red blood cells are circulated through its capillaries. Once on the machine, a liver functions normally just as it would inside a human body, regaining its color and producing bile. more

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