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A team of scientists has created particles that closely mirror some of the key properties of red blood cells, potentially helping pave the way for the development of synthetic blood.

The new discovery – outlined in a study appearing in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week of Jan. 10, 2011 – also could lead to more effective treatments for life threatening medical conditions such as cancer.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers used technology known as PRINT (Particle Replication in Non-wetting Templates) to produce very soft hydrogel particles that mimic the size, shape and flexibility of red blood cells, allowing the particles to circulate in the body for extended periods of time.
A little more work, and scientists can custom deliver drugs to various parts of your body, in particular, cancerous cells.

How exciting would it be to feel sick - go in to your local clinic, get a shot of synthetic blood, and instantly have Cancer / HIV / Flu cured?
    
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I can only think how phenomenal and amazing something like this could be if it were cheap enough. And if it could be stored any old fashion? Dear god that would be a medical breakthrough akin to... I just don't know really (really tired). It'd be beyond helpful that's for sure.
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This is just amazing...
    
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When this becomes commonplace, it will officially be the future.
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And then MGS will set in
 
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Wonder how much a gallon costs
But seriously, sounds expensive. I don't think this will cure cancer, HIV or the flu, but is regarded more as a stepping stone into the intricacy of replicating human cells and functions. If they could replace your cancerous... say liver with artificial liver cells made into an implant, then all you would need is to go and get a new liver. But then you have to deal with costs and the ethics of who can pay and who can't. Good article.
    
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I read "synthetic blood" and thought of the TV show True Blood.
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reminds me of the movie "day breakers".
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
And then MGS will set in
Either that or Deus Ex.

JC Denton vs Solid Snake, who wins?
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reminds me of the movie "day breakers".
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