Super-cooled livers could bring new flexibility to organ transplants
from Los Angeles Times via The Baltimore Sun
In liver transplantation, the biggest inequity is geographic. When organs become available, they are generally offered first to patients nearby. A big part of the reason is that once a liver is harvested from a cadaver, it remains viable for no more than 12 hours. As a result, waiting times vary dramatically across the country depending on supply and demand. Liver patients in Los Angeles, for example, typically wait years longer — and become far sicker prior to surgery — than those in northern Florida. Now a group of Harvard University researchers has come up with a preservation technique that could one day allow livers to be shared more easily around the world.
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