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Newly Tested Synthetic Blood: Not For Vampires

Newly Tested Synthetic Blood: Not For Vampires

Nov 4, 2013

If Twilight was real, the Cullens would be quite relieved that they don’t have to kill bunny rabbits anymore.

A type of artificial blood has been created by a team of researchers at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Russia.  The team has been working on this artificial blood for over six years.  The current and most recently tested recipe includes water, salt, albumin, and  hemerythin, a protein extracted from marine worms and brachiopods (clam-like organisms) which makes the artificial blood resistant to stress.

The first round of tests done with mice have been encouraging as they did not reject the blood or show any signs of inflammation or disease.  This could have huge implications as doctors and surgeons around the world are always in short supply of blood for patients involved in severe accidents and injuries and other health problems.

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A sipunculid, a marine worm where the protein for synthetic blood is drawn from.

A sipunculid, a marine worm where the protein for synthetic blood is drawn from.


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