Artificial blood in a few years

For many years artificial blood was the holy grail of modern medicine. And it was beyond the reach of doctors and patients. This may change in just a few years.

The study of artificial substitutes of natural blood have been going on for 60 years. It is one of the most needed and at the same time the most difficult to produce elements of modern medicine. Ironically, the more perfect the medical treatment becomes, the more blood we need.

We can cure more and more diseases, operate more precisely and efficiently. But every operation also requires blood. Blood, which we can’t replace today with a mass-produced, artificial element

– says Dr. Sarah Kindred from Boston’s Empyreal Dynamics Medical Laboratory.

Dr. Kindred’s team has been working on developing an artificial substitute chatver1-1-10170627usersaigeFIND ME for natural blood for 12 years. One that would allow a mass transfusion of this life-giving substance to anyone in need. Regardless of blood type and quantity requirements.

Natural blood might not be needed in a few years

The problems with artificial blood are complex. A compound to replace natural blood has to be able to carry oxygen, but it can not overwhelm the veins and the body. Hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that is responsible for oxygen transfer, is also isolated in cells so that it does not damage tissues with iron compounds. The same properties must occur in the element produced in the laboratory.

Solutions to these and other problems can be found in perfluorocarbon-based substances (PFCs). Visually they do not resemble blood, they are white, have no smell and taste, but have a brilliant ability to carry oxygen. And can be produced in the laboratory

– Dr. Kindred explains.

First tests of PFC-based artificial blood were performed five years ago with the use of rats. The effects were promising.

Today, after years of work, researchers from the Empyreal Dynamics Human Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, ensure that in six years’ time they will be ready to begin clinical trials of artificial blood on first patients.

Never before in human history have we been so close to creating something so wonderful. Artificial blood can help save millions of lives a year. And today it is already within our reach

– Dr. Sarah Kindred concludes.