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‘Ice tech’ could end organ transplant shortage

27 January, 2019

‘Ice tech’ could end organ transplant shortage

Prof. Ido Braslavsky is working on ways to freeze hearts, livers, and kidneys

“Perfecting cryopreservation – the process of preserving cells, tissues and organs in sub-zero temperatures – would enable long-term banking of tissues and organs and efficient matching between donor and patient, eventually saving lives of millions of people around the world,” said Braslavsky.

The research he and his team are doing on ice-binding proteins – the same proteins that allow fish, animals, and even bacteria to survive in the Antarctic – could solve the problem, said Braslavsky

Prof Ido Braslavsky - credit Dr. Amir Bein