What organ can be conserved outside of the body for the longest time and still function when reimplanted?


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  • $\begingroup$ you may want to be more explicit... this is hard to understand... Do you mean when transported for transplantation for instance? $\endgroup$ – shigeta Mar 10 '14 at 22:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yes it can be. I mean in the any best conditions. $\endgroup$ – user5990 Mar 10 '14 at 22:46
  • $\begingroup$ this is really too vague to answer. I might say cervix since there is an immortal cervical cancer cell line. It has never died. really the question is not precise enough for you to get a satisfactory answer. the cells may live but the organ can lose all its function.. $\endgroup$ – shigeta Mar 10 '14 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ Sure there are many immortal cancer cell lines. I read in somewhere in the internet mentions that before transplantation, organs lives 4 to 24 hours. I just couldnt find most durable one on the internet. :) $\endgroup$ – user5990 Mar 10 '14 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ It sounds like what you are really asking is "What organ can be conserved outside of the body for the longest time and still function when reimplanted?" - Is that correct? If so, please edit your question to reflect that and provide more detail! $\endgroup$ – Armatus Mar 11 '14 at 1:10

Depends what you consider an organ. Typically though it's the cells which require the most metabolic activity which have the shortest life span. The kidney is the most of the major internal organs with up to 36 hours with liver coming second at up to 16 hours.

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    $\begingroup$ ... on ice i think? $\endgroup$ – shigeta Mar 11 '14 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ Yes in optimal preserving conditions. $\endgroup$ – AndroidPenguin Mar 11 '14 at 9:03

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