Synthetic blood gets closer to real blood

Synthetic-bloodAmerican scientists have invented a kind of artificial blood that imitates the properties of actual blood. Using this technique the scientists can do away with the need for blood banks as well as offer a viable method of curing cancer.

Researchers have been able to produce particles that very nearly reflect a few of the chief properties of red blood cells (RBC), that can help make way for the development of synthetic blood.

The discovery has been laid down in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has the potential to help in the discovery of further effective cure for cancer.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina call the new technology PRINT, or Particle Replication in Non-wetting Templates, which is used to create extremely dainty hydrogel particles that have the same flexible character of the red blood cells in humans. This enables the particles to move around in the body for an extra duration.