That’s right, we’ve finally invented real fake blood. And just in time for Halloween, to boot. Unfortunately, there is yet to be any evidence that there are actually vampires around to drink it. Nor fairies or werewolves or werepanthers or shapeshifters or any of the other ridiculous species from that ridiculous show.
A team of scientists, lead by professor Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, have been working for more than half a decade to create artificial blood. Now, they’ve published they’re preliminary findings, and while they’re still testing on mice, the results have been promising. The mice didn’t reject the blood. In about two years, they should be ready to test it on humans. The blood is made of water, salt, albumin and a protein called hemerythrin (which they got from marine worms). This will have significant consequences, especially in areas where blood donations aren’t readily available.
This is exciting news for many reasons. Romania isn’t known for it’s technological or scientific prowess so it’s encouraging to see innovation coming from there. Secondly, once “regular” synthetic blood is common place, it’s only going to be a matter of time before we have “super” synthetic blood, i.e. fake blood that’s capable of carrying more oxygen, thereby giving us greater fitness and athletic capabilities. We want super powers, so we’re all pretty excited to see how this new technology unfolds.
On a sadder note in life-blood-related news, L.A. just shutdown production of Sriracha, the greatest hot sauce that has ever been made. Coincidence? You tell us.