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American scientists have developed 'artificial' blood that could soon be used to treat wounded soldiers in battle.
The genetically-engineered blood is created by taking cells from umbilical cords and using a machine to mimic the way bone marrow works to produce mass quantities of usable units of red blood cells.
Known as 'blood pharming' the programme was launched in 2008 by the Pentagon's experimental arm, Darpa, to create blood to treat soldiers in far-flung battlefields.
Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Blood cells produced using this method are 'functionally indistinguishable from red blood cells in healthy circulation', the company claims.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Ok, this is just weird. I just (last night) watched Daybreakers; The Battle for Blood Begins and then I log on to ATS to see this story.
Originally posted by WolfofWar
A soldier is most effective when dehumanized.
next artificial limbs.
finally artificial brains.
Sensationalism, I know, but you have to wonder what the battlefield will look like in 100 years. Nanomachines in theory can easily manipulate the nervous system to control things like endorphin releases and emotional suppressants. Could artificial blood be the gateway to introduce experimental nanomachines into the bloodstream? an easy way to begin to shape the battlefield of the future and produce soldiers who feel less and kill more efficiently?
Originally posted by MrsBlonde
I was worried but now I feel fine , yay artificial blood !
METHODS: A convenience sample of urban academic ED patients and visitors was surveyed during a visit regarding their attitudes and awareness of an emergency exception from informed consent, blood-substitute trial ongoing in the community.
Curious nonetheless; good story...