Tuesday, October 20

Slimming down fatty livers in the lab could boost donor organ supply

A shortage of donor organs mean many people die on waiting lists

A shortage of donor organs means many people die on waiting lists

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I am face to face with a freshly removed pig’s liver connected to a maze of tubing and sitting in a clear plastic tub. It isn’t looking healthy – it is dull with a greyish-brown complexion. But then I am given permission to press a button and the equipment whirs into life.

The device effectively performs the function of a heart and lungs, and was developed by Peter Friend and his colleagues at the University of Oxford and their spin-out firm OrganOx …