Extending the Life of Donated Organs from hours up to 10 days
Posted by keelynet on July 5, 2010
This should help a lot of people waiting for organs…
The 100,000-plus U.S. patients waiting for organ transplants face a perilous race against time. Most organs can only be preserved outside the body for somewhere between four and 24 hours–a problem that aggravates the chronic shortage of donors. In 2008, 6,684 patients died waiting for organs, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
A Harvard scientist is hoping to change those bleak statistics. Hemant Thatte, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, has developed a liquid solution that may preserve organs for up to 10 days outside the body. Thatte’s lab devised a recipe of 21 chemical compounds that they believe will slow down the process of cell deterioration.
“Our whole goal is to maintain the metabolism of the organ without having to lower the temperature” of the preservation system, Thatte explains. “It’s like a state of suspended animation.” Thatte dubbed the solution “Somah,” which is Sanskrit for “ambrosia of rejuvenation.”
A startup called Hibergenica hopes to commercialize a solution called Somah, shown here with a pig’s heart. Somah may extend the usable life of donated organs from a few hours to up to 10 days.” – Full Article SourceAdvertisements
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