Flies can be annoying and they can be something we want to eliminate at times, but they could pave the way to saving human lives in the near future. Researchers think that frozen flies may yield the unknown secrets to human organ transplants.
So, what makes frozen flies the key to understanding human organ transplants? Well, it’s not just any fly, but the fruit fly, or Drosophila Melanogaster as its scientifically known; which has a powerful genetic system which makes it ideal for testing in helping researchers understand the human body better. The discovery that scientist have made is how the enzyme regulates the bodies energy levels, which in turn cause the shutdown of the molecular thermostats. This new discovery could help researchers produce a new cold tolerance that could be used in multiple applications which include but are not limited to extending the twenty four hour period that donated organs have to achieve their optimum use and efficiency.
The main problem that doctors had was the fact that human cells would start to deteriorate and break down in ice after twenty four hours out of the human body and as a result researchers hope that they can use the fruit fly to help understand what makes their organs stay frozen and effective for longer than the human organs. The twenty four hour period is also a problem, because scientists and doctors say that the time of twenty four hours is still pushing it and that the effectiveness of the organ starts to break down before that time of a day even arrives. For this reason if the researchers can create more ice resistance cells in the fruit flies, they could then use this new research to create resistant cells in humans.
While this new research may take some time to actually produce a ice resistant human cell, it is a step in the right direction and could help in storing organs that can’t be immediately used within that twenty four hour period. The fact that organ transplants are needed every day and the fact that many people die waiting or can’t be saved because the organ arrives too late to be effective creates a serious problem. With this new research hopefully scientists can come up with a new way of increasing the effectiveness and saving more human lives. So think next time before you kill that annoying fruit fly, because that same fruit fly could be what helps researchers save many human lives in the foreseeable future.