Transylvanian Scientists Create Working Artificial Blood
This is not a Halloween prank. Researchers have announced the first-ever artificial blood that can be used without life-threatening side effects.
This is like that episode of "True Blood" when vampires came out to society thanks to synthetic blood. But this medical breakthrough isn't for vampires, this could be for humans.
Doctors from Cluj-Napoca, a city from the historically Transylvanian city of Romania, have created artificial blood and have successfully tried it on mice. If this blood is safe for humans and becomes readily available, this medical breakthrough would end world shortages of blood supplies.
Previous attempts at making artificial blood have failed because scientists "could not find a protein that would resist chemical and mechanical stress," the Washington Times reports. In most cases, the artificial blood created toxic byproducts and was unsuitable for transfusion.
However, the formula invented by professor Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu and his the team of scientists at the Babes-Bolyai University carries oxygen and works just like the stuff running through our veins.
The doctors created their artificial blood using hemerythrin, a blood protein extracted from sea worms. “Mice treated with this ‘Made in Cluj’ artificial blood did not experience any side effects, and this is precisely what we want,” Silaghi-Dumitrescu told Softpedia.
The professor said he will continue testing on mice until they are certain that the concoction will for for humans. "Tests on humans are a very delicate topic, we need some very serious licenses and they represent an enormous risk."
Blood, Transylvanians, and Halloween? It's sounds like too much of a coincidence, but this news was actually reported in Romania weeks ago, and they also don't celebrate Oct. 31 like us Americans.
Do you think we're being pranked?