How Two Doctors Are Hacking The Transplant System

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Lungs are notoriously difficult organs to transplant; many are thrown away because they’ve expired or were too ill for transplant. However, that may all change with the ex-vivo organ support system (EVOSS). EVOSS is an organ carrier that mimics the conditions lungs experience inside the human body, being warm instead of ice cold. Donor lungs in this environment thrive; injured lungs heal enough to be fit for transplant and all lungs survive up to 48 hours compared to the 6 hours they get using traditional donor organ preservation procedures. Read full article here

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