HEALTH-TRANSPLANTS

A machine created by Swiss researchers that can keep livers outside the body in humanlike conditions for up to 10 days. 

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a machine that can store livers outside a body for multiple days, dramatically increasing the window in which the organs are viable for transplant. The tool, which allows doctors time to improve the liver's condition, could increase the supply of organs eligible for donation, transforming a decades-old transportation process that still relies on antiquated methods, such as iceboxes.

In a medical paper released on Tuesday in the journal of Nature Biotechnology, scientists from University Hospital Zurich unveiled a machine that successfully mimics the human body, allowing livers to survive outside a body for up to 10 days - far longer than the 12 hours most transplant experts consider safe using current methods.