Thursday, March 2, 2017
Better Thawing from Cryofreeze
Scientists have found a better means of thawing tissues that have been cryofrozen. Cryogenic preservation of tissue has been shown to work in the past, but thawing the frozen tissue without damaging it had previously been impractical for tissue volumes greater than about 1 mL. As the news article and journal article on this experiment make clear, the new technique was able to thaw tissue volumes of up to 50 mL. At that capacity it won't be used to thaw humans - but it could do wonders for the organ transplant situation. Currently many organs go to waste because they can't be kept on ice very long to allow transport to those who need them. This technique has the potential to change that. Also, they think it could scale up farther. Awesome!