Cryopreservation brings us closer to organ storage
Scientists in Australia have made a first step toward improving the storage of human cell, which could lead to safe storage of organs like the heart and lungs.
The discovery of these new cryoprotective agents could lead to the development of many others that would help eliminate the need for waiting lists for organ transplants. Their results were published in Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
Cryopreservation involves cooling biological specimens to extremely low temperatures in order to store them for long periods of time. The world has benefited greatly from the cryopreservation of cells, including increased blood supply at blood banks as well as improved reproduction. However, it is not possible to store simple tissues and organs.