How the airline industry recovers from COVID-19 could determine who gets organ transplants

As policymakers weigh financial aid for the airline industry, they have an opportunity to help make the US organ transplantation system more equitable at the same time.

Ronghuo Zheng, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Block immune ‘memory’ to limit organ rejection

Inhibiting the innate immune system's "memory" could offer a way to lengthen the survival of organ transplants and cut the risk of rejection.

Arvind Suresh-U. Pittsburgh • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

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How we learned to keep organs alive outside the body: a horrible history

Grisly early experiments laid the foundation of our understanding of how to keep organs 'alive' in isolation.

Sarah Hosgood, Senior Research Associate in Surgery, University of Cambridge • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~8 min

 history-of-medicine  medicine  surgery  organ-transplant  interdisciplinarity  blood  french-revolution

Less-than-perfect donor kidneys are safe for transplant

Some 95,000 Americans are waiting for a kindey donation. Now researchers say it's safe to transplant hundreds of donor kidneys that are discarded each year.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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New technique being developed to therapeutically repair and replace human organs

A new technique called SWIFT (sacrificial writing into functional tissue) ultimately may be used therapeutically to repair and replace human organs with lab-grown versions containing patients’ own cells.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Sept. 6, 2019 ~7 min

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