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How A Dead Heart Could Save Lives

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Even though doctors have been transplanting human hearts for almost 50 years, it’s still an extremely tricky procedure. Trace explores how a machine called “Heart-in-a-box” could make them easier.

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Beating heart cadaver

“A Beating Heart Cadaver is a human body that though dead in all medical and legal definitions is attached to a medical ventilator and retains cardio-pulmonary functions.”

It Looks Like Something You Should Never See. Meet A Medical Advancement That Is Hard To Forget

“It’s really hard for me to believe that a tailgate-style cooler packed with ice is what saves lives every day. This solution? Holy. Cow.”

Donation after circulatory death

“Donation after circulatory death (DCD) describes the retrieval of organs for the purposes of transplantation that follows death confirmed using circulatory criteria.”

Surgeons transplant heart that had stopped beating

“Donor hearts from adults usually come from people who are confirmed as brain dead but with a heart still beating.”

‘Dead’ hearts transplanted into living patients in world first

“Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted ‘dead’ hearts into patients for the first time – a groundbreaking procedure with the potential to significantly boost the supply of donor organs.”

TransMedics keep donor hearts beating en route to transplant patients

“In 1967, doctors in a South African hospital performed the very first successful human heart transplant.”

Watch this machine keep a disembodied human heart alive and pumping

mouse grown intestine of humans

“For over 40 years, transporting hearts for the purpose of transplantation has been accomplished with little more than coolers and ice.”

Spare parts for people? Stem cell-generated human intestine grown in lab mouse



“Researchers have successfully transplanted functioning human intestinal tissue grown from stem cells into mice.”

Growing a Blood Vessel in a Week

“The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward.”

Tissue engineering: How to build a heart

“Doris Taylor doesn’t take it as an insult when people call her Dr Frankenstein.”

Scientists grow human body parts in lab

“In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.”

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