Keep organs cool for transplantation

Rapid cooling of animal and human donor hearts may decrease accumulation of a chemical that damages the tissue after transplantation, according to a new study in┬áNature Metabolism. These findings explain why cold organ storage is beneficial for organ preservation, and they may also lead to improved solutions for more efficient use of the limited pool … Read more Keep organs cool for transplantation

A ‘super-cool’ method for improving donated liver preservation

A new method for super-cooling human donor livers to subzero centigrade temperatures without freezing can triple the time that a donor organ stays safe and viable during transportation from the donor to the recipient. This development could greatly expand the availability of healthy livers for transplantation, improve organ utilization, and reduce some of the time … Read more A ‘super-cool’ method for improving donated liver preservation

A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant in the United States, and while more than 30,000 transplants are now performed annually, there are over 113,000 patients currently on organ waitlists. Artificially grown human organs are seen by many as the “holy grail” for resolving this organ shortage, and advances in 3D printing … Read more A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

Pancreas on a chip

By combining two powerful technologies, scientists are taking diabetes research to a whole new level. In a study led by Harvard University’s┬áKevin Kit Parker, microfluidics and human, insulin-producing beta cells have been integrated in an “Islet-on-a-Chip”. The new device makes it easier for scientists to screen insulin-producing cells before transplanting them into a patient, test … Read more Pancreas on a chip

Functional hair follicles grown from stem cells

Scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys have created natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a major scientific achievement that could revolutionize the hair growth industry. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and received a Merit Award. … Read more Functional hair follicles grown from stem cells