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 Nature 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

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

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 Kevin 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

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