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Synthetic blood saves woman's life

By T.K. Randall
May 10, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

Image Credit: Nathanael T. Miller
Synthetic blood made from cow plasma brings Australian woman back from the brink of death.
After being in a horrible car wreck that left her with a damaged spinal cord, collapsed lung, fractured skull and other traumatic injuries one woman is alive still thanks to the first synthetic blood created from cow plasma. In this case the woman's religion forbade regular blood transfusions meaning that the synthetic blood was her only option.
A synthetic blood substitute is something of a holy grail in medical research. Many potential synthetics have been tried--DARPA has even put a blood substitute before the FDA--but most have been disappointingly ineffective. So it’s pretty significant that an experimental synthetic blood substitute derived from cow plasma has brought an Australian woman back from the brink of death.


Source: Popular Science | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
In this case the woman's religion forbade regular blood transfusions meaning that the synthetic blood was her only option. This is why I am not religious. Even if I was, God took one of Adam's rib to create Eve. Yet, accepting blood from your kin is a sin according to a said religion. Headache much?
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore 13 years ago
Woah, working synthetic blood? Does that mean vampires can come out of the coffin now since they won't pose a danger to humans?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Gorrak 13 years ago
Que the True Blood references...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Saitung 13 years ago
This is why I am not religious. Even if I was, God took one of Adam's rib to create Eve. Yet, accepting blood from your kin is a sin according to a said religion. Headache much? I agree PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: Even though I am a Christian, the mindsets of some Christians sicken even me as though GOD is stupid. Those types of Christians are the main detriment to the faith.
Comment icon #5 Posted by FlyingAngel 13 years ago
I wonder if she would eat beef later, eat the savior's race
Comment icon #6 Posted by jaguarsky 13 years ago
As an aside to this story - I remember that quite a few years ago if you were brought into a San Antonio TX ER you were given synthetic blood as part of an ongoing trial of the product. Of course, if you were concious you could decline. If not?


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