It seems that blood supply is increasingly hitting critically low levels. The National Institutes of Health, for instance, just announced a blood shortage earlier this month.
Scientists in Romania are hoping to change that. They’re creating an artificial blood that would keep supplies from ever running low again.
They’re not the first to undertake such a task, of course. Other researchers have created substitutes that replicate the oxygen-carrying properties of hemoglobin in the body.
These “substitutes” come with controversy, though, because the hemoglobin tends to accumulate in toxic levels in the blood.
A brand-new substitute, however, developed using a protein called hemerythrin, has shown no such side effect.
The scientists hope to one day use the artificial blood to help wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
What’s SHOCKING, though, is where this protein comes from.
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