How We'll Finally Put An End To Organ Donation Shortages

The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at an alarming rate while the number of potential organ donors has failed to keep pace. Encouragingly, scientists are working several high-tech solutions in the field of regenerative medicine. We spoke to the experts to learn how organ shortages will soon become a… » 2/02/15 11:00am 2/02/15 11:00am

New Supercooling Technique Extends Shelf Life Of Transplant Organs

By using the active ingredient in antifreeze, researchers from Harvard University have developed a 'supercooling' technique that triples the length of time a rat's liver can be stored outside the body prior to transplantation. The technique, should it work on human organs, could revolutionize how transplants are done. » 6/30/14 11:40am 6/30/14 11:40am

Which Animal Hibernates The Longest?

Many northern animals hibernate to escape the harsh winter conditions. But a new study shows that one animal in particular does it longer than the others — staying completely frozen for more than half a year at a time. » 5/05/14 1:40pm 5/05/14 1:40pm

Should we preserve the eggs of endangered species?

A recent paper by Caterina Wiedemann describing her success in freezing and thawing the egg cells of several different cat species is raising an interesting question about our efforts to preserve endangered animals. We've got a doomsday seed vault in the Arctic, so why not create egg vaults, too? » 2/28/13 2:00pm 2/28/13 2:00pm

Photos go behind the scenes of the world's cryonics facilities

Cryonics may be a fanciful notion to some and it's certainly an expensive undertaking, but that hasn't stopped a handful of people from having their bodies cryogenically frozen in the hope of being revived in some distant future. Photographer Murray Ballard stepped into the world of cryopreservation with his camera in… » 10/06/12 5:00pm 10/06/12 5:00pm

Cryopreserved sperm could save giant "snot otter" salamanders from…

The 2.5-foot-long hellbender (a.k.a. "the snot otter" a.k.a. "the devil dog" a.k.a. North America's largest salamander) once populated the waterways all over the northeastern United States. Now, its population has declined such that scientists are cryopreserving its spiral-shaped sperm. » 8/22/10 1:30pm 8/22/10 1:30pm