Friday, November 1, 2013


Scientists have finally hit upon a formula that they hope will end blood supply shortages and prevent infections through donations. The critical ingredient added to the mixture of water, salt, and albumin is a protein extracted from marine worms which enables the artificial blood to resist the chemical and mechanical stresses placed upon it. Other proteins have proven toxic, but this one has so far not provoked a rejection reaction. If further testing on mice is successful, the recipe for the universal artificial blood will be patented and the transfusions will be performed on people. “Tests on humans are a very delicate topic, we need some very serious licenses and they represent an enormous risk,” says lead researcher Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu of Babes-Bolyai University. No one has yet pointed out the irony of the research team being based in Romania, the home of bloodthirsty 14th-century ruler Vlad the Impaler (IMAGE ABOVE) and origin of many vampire legends


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