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New Prospects for Putting Organs on Ice

Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 1015
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.1015

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Researchers have failed for decades to deep-freeze and thaw most tissues--let alone organs or animals--without damaging them, often seriously. But recently, a few cryobiologists have celebrated successes with ovaries and complex tissues like vascular grafts. The work has sparked hope that donated organs can eventually be banked for longer than the current few days, which would buy time for distributing them and finding recipients who are good immunological matches.

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