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Canadian researchers find anti-freeze in fleas
One practical application of the study could be to store transplant organs at cooler temperatures to preserve them for longer.
"If you can profuse, or basically run a solution with an antifreeze protein and flood an organ with it, you might then be able to store it at lower temperatures and the antifreeze would prevent the organ from actually freezing," said Laurie Graham, one of the two researchers who carried out the study.
"Theoretically, with this antifreeze protein we might be able to store an organ at minus 6 degrees (21 degrees Fahrenheit). Hopefully, it would be able to last longer so that you would have longer to do tissue matching to get the organ to the patient and just increase the shelf life of organs."