UMBC and Johns Hopkins Lead Effort to Extend Viability of Organs and Body Parts for Transplant

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Meridith Cohn reports from the Baltimore Sun that the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command is funding an organ transplantation project through a three-year, $1.5 million grant. She writes that “the collaboration between researchers at the Johns Hopkins University and UMBC (University of Maryland at Baltimore County) are working on a sensor array to monitor the solution levels for nitric oxide, lactic acid, glucose, and free radicals that indicate deterioration of the organs”.  Dr. Gymama Slaughter, professor of computer science of UMBC and Johns Hopkins researchers posit that preserving body parts longer would enhance better match organs and recipients more efficiently. Their work combines the fields of biology and engineering in an emerging discipline known as synthetic biology. The researchers hope to develop a working prototype of their bioreactor by 2022.










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