Perfusion system could revolutionize the organ donation time window
from Science 2.0
While growing new organs from a patient's own stem cells is the future much of science is working toward, there are people who need replacements right now. Lots of people are signed up for organ donations in the case of death but willing donors is not the biggest obstacle. It's time. Using a 3-D organ-perfusion system that supplies oxygen to the donor organ and keeps it at an ideal temperature, a team at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology found they can extend the time that donor organs last and can also resuscitate organs obtained after cardiac arrest.
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