Staying alive on the organ transplant waiting list could get a bit easier with organs that last longer outside the body.
That’s the hope of Harvard startup Hibergenica, which looks to commercialize a liquid solution that preserves the metabolism of hearts and livers for about 10 days, Technology Review reports.
Not only that, but Thatte’s team also managed to actually restart a pig’s heart in the lab by building an artificial circulatory system to support it. The Somah solution then helped keep it in a sort of stasis for 10 days.
“We’re the first laboratory in the world to restart the heart 24 hours after death,” Thatte told PopSci.