Synthetic blood cells coming up! Vampire Integraton to Follow
Annalee Newitz reports on io9 about an MIT paper about ongoing experiments with synthetic blood.
From the abstract: "Similar to their natural counterparts, RBC-mimicking particles described here possess the ability to carry oxygen and flow through capillaries smaller than their own diameter. Further, they can also encapsulate drugs and imaging agents. These particles provide a paradigm for the design of drug delivery and imaging carriers, because they combine the functionality of natural RBCs with the broad applicability and versatility of synthetic drug delivery particles."
But the youth of America want to know: will romantic vampires who look like Trent Reznor be able to drink a pint down at the neighborhood bar?