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posted by janrinok on Thursday October 03 2019, @08:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the I-prefer-to-store-my-blood-internally dept.

Researchers from Japan's National Defense Medical College report they have developed an artificial blood substitute that shows comparable efficacy to normal blood in saving exsanguinated rabbits.

When the artificial blood was tested on 10 rabbits suffering from serious blood loss, six of them survived, a ratio comparable to that among rabbits treated with real blood, according to the team.

No negative side effects, such as blood clotting, were reported, the researchers said.

The blood substitute was developed by combining "previously developed substitutes for red blood cells (RBCs) and platelets (PLTs) for transfusion", it can also be stored for over a year un-refrigerated (whole blood can only be stored for about 20 days, and platelets only 4 days.) The artificial blood does not suffer from blood-type rejection issues allowing earlier interventions and

injured patients can be treated before they arrive at hospitals, resulting in a higher survival rate, the team said.

Imagine a future in which seeing "The Red Cross" pop up on their phones doesn't make people instinctively attempt to cover and protect their inner arms.

Journal Reference
U.S. journal Transfusion (https://doi.org/10.1111/trf.15427)(paywalled).


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by stretch611 on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:02PM (3 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:02PM (#902448)

    No negative side effects, such as blood clotting, were reported, the researchers said.

    While it wasn't blood clotting, I am sure that 4 in 10 rabbits would not agree with the no negative side effects. (Or they would, if they were still around to disagree.)

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:10PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:10PM (#902450)

    Wait for the human tests... guess which underprivileged race will be over-represented in the test groups. It's one way of reducing Democrat voter lists.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @01:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @01:31AM (#902505)

      Pure bullshit.
      Overwhelmingly, it is white people who volunteer (maybe for some money) for medical experiments. You even have the medical research community trying to address the "injustice" that our medicine works best on white people as a result!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by takyon on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:36PM

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Thursday October 03 2019, @10:36PM (#902454) Journal

    When the artificial blood was tested on 10 rabbits suffering from serious blood loss, six of them survived, a ratio comparable to that among rabbits treated with real blood, according to the team.

    They suffered a side effect from being beaten to a pulp by callous researchers.

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