Will We Be Able to Cryogenically Freeze Organs One Day?

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A milestone in cryobiology announced this week is literally heart-warming.

A new nanoparticle technology warmed cryopreserved heart valves and blood vessels without damaging the tissues, found a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. According to the researchers, this means that cryopreserving human hearts and kidneys in organ banks — and making them available for later use in patients — is finally within sight.

“We are not in any way declaring victory here,” said John Bischof, senior author of the study and a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “We have promising results, but we have not yet done it,” he said, warning of “many hurdles” still ahead.

Continue reading at http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/health/freezing-organ-donation-nanoparticle-warming-study/

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