The Quest for One of Science’s Holy Grails: Artificial Blood

The artificial blood being developed in Dr. Allan Doctor’s lab could be freeze-dried into a powder and then mixed with sterile water when needed.

from STAT

When red blood cells are poured into the test tubes here in Dr. Allan Doctor’s lab, tiny tools measure the reaction of the rabbit aortas strung up inside, computing if and how strongly the aortas constrict. Doctor and his team are trying to make sure that when they dump in the artificial blood they’re developing, the aortas react the same way.

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