Biostasis Research Institute to create ‘human organ banks’ through cryogenic storage


The Biostasis Research Institute (BRI) has established two new research centres at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Minnesota to create human organ banks through the cryogenic storage of organs donated for transplantation.

Launched on Wednesday (21st April), BRI said the centres will develop new technologies to store tissues, organs, and whole organisms for biomedical research as part of a larger “Apollo Program” in cryopreservation and suspended animation.

The first new research centre, the Center for Biostasis at Massachusetts General Hospital, will create and apply new technologies to control ice formation at sub-freezing temperatures and condition living systems to undergo extreme temperature changes.

BRI said the centre will be housed at the largest Harvard-affiliated research hospital and led by Drs. Mehmet Toner, Korkut Uygun, and Shannon Tessier.

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