Researchers create artificial blood substitute

Researchers have created an artificial blood substitute with a protein extracted from marine worms, rather than based on synthetic hemoglobins.

The blood has been tested on mice and in cultured cells, with initial results indicating many of the adverse effects usually associated with blood substitutes can be minimised or even eliminated.

Human blood has a shelf life of only a few weeks and needs to be matched to the recipient’s blood type. Complications can also arise if the donor was recently infected. Both of these have lead to researchers looking for a better alternative.

Read more at Babes-Bolyai University