While advancements in technology are allowing doctors to preserve organs for longer, current methods do not offer a long-term solution to organ banking. As such, scientists, like Carleton professor Dr. Ken Storey, are constantly looking for ways to prolong the storage time so that harvested organs can be delivered to recipients in a viable and timely manner. Dr. Storey studies the central regulatory pathways exploited in wood frogs to survive tissue freezing. By inducing similar changes in harvested human organs, osmoprotective actions can be enhanced to greatly improve the viability of organs during and after the freeze/thaw process, so we can finally achieve a long sought-after goal of organ cryopreservation.
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