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Machine keeps human livers alive for one week

The perfusion machine in operation. The donor liver is connected in the white container in the upper left. (Photograph: USZ)

Researchers from the University Hospital and ETH Zurich have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keep them alive outside the body for one week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation saving many lives of patients with severe liver diseases or cancer.