‘BBC Horizon: Mend Me’ – tales of modern medicine’s successes, and a bit of bodysnatching…

The BBC’s ‘Horizon: Mend Me’ programme, aired this week, was a whistle-stop tour through the outstanding –and often unsettling– progress made in the field of organ transplantation. Introductory scenes included jarring images of a young man who had had his face entirely burnt away. Even the presenter Michael Mosley, presumably hardened to horrific injuries during […]

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Oxford innovation keeps human liver alive outside body

Technology developed by Oxford University has allowed human livers to be kept ‘alive’ outside the body prior to transplant. Donated human livers connected to a new machine were successfully maintained at body temperature, allowing them to continue to function outside the body. Two patients have received transplanted livers successfully preserved using the machine at King’s […]

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