Presumably to be enjoyed along with your artificial sweetener and decaff coffee, from Transylvania comes synthetic substitute blood, Medical Daily reports:
Researchers from the Transylvanian city of Romania called Cluj-Napoca announced the first-ever artificial blood that could be used without fearing life-threatening side effects of prior models.
The new artificial blood relies not on hemoglobin, like typical artificial bloods, but hemerythrin — a protein extracted from sea worms that is then mixed with water and salts. Doctors can use the artificial blood to reduce infection rates during blood donation, and to supply lost stores in patients for several hours or even up to a day, researcher Dr. Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu says.
The research team was confident the artificial blood could find its way to clinical trials on humans within the next year or two. Silaghi-Dumitrescu claims the breakthrough could lead to “instant blood” that would come in portable containers and turn into artificial blood just with the addition of water.
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