Of poplar twigs and organ transplants

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Date: Aug. 1992
From: Agricultural Research(Vol. 40, Issue 8)
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,653 words

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The American Red Cross Transplantation Laboratory and US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using electron microscopy imaging technology to examine poplar trees cells surviving in cold temperatures. Scientists are studying the cells to develop methods for human organ preservation for transplantation. Human organs cannot be preserved now because ice crystals form in the tissue and destroy it. Poplar cells form sugars when frozen to protect tissues from ice damage. Eric Erbe, a scientist at the ARS Electron Microscopy Laboratory, has developed important techniques that make this research possible.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A12685135