Summary #1154

Synthetic red blood cells mimic natural ones, and have new abilities

acs.org
  • After years of effort from different research teams, scientists finally develop red blood cells (RBC) that are perfect copies of the natural ones - with a few added properties.
  • RBCs move oxygen around our bodies, but these new synthetic RBCs could also deliver drugs, target bad agents and detect toxins.
  • The synthetic RBCs were tested in mice, and lasted for more than 48 hours with no signs of toxic effect on the tiny mice organism.
  • Synthetic RBCs will continue to be tested, future studies will take a look at using them in medical applications.

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