Ok, vampires start booking your flights to Transylvania stat. Not you Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Alexander Skarsgard you two stay put; but you other blood suckers take note. In the Romanian city of Transylvania (Cluj-Napoca) a team of researchers announced they have produced the first ever artificial blood. Well, if remember the plot from the last season of True Blood, this is great news for the vampires, especially since the TruBlood factory blew up.
However, back in reality Medical Daily reports,
the new artificial blood relies not on hemoglobin, like typical artificial bloods, but hemerythrin — a protein extracted from sea worms that is then mixed with water and salts. Doctors can use the artificial blood to reduce infection rates during blood donation, and to supply lost stores in patients for several hours or even up to a day, Researcher Dr. Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu says.
Hemerythrin mirrors hemoglobin in its duties — transporting oxygen throughout an organism’s body — but differs in which organisms those duties are performed. Nearly all vertebrates use hemoglobin to ferry oxygen within red blood cells, while hemerythrin is found only in certain invertebrates, namely worms and valves. The hemerythrin-based artificial blood isn’t the deep red normally associated with blood, but more of a translucent yellow, although Silaghi-Dumitrescu said they were able to color it red for familiarity.
I’m no scientist but this sounds a lot like TruBlood doesn’t it? The lines between TV and reality keeps blurring, someone can even take a bath salts drug and become a zombie. And to think people don’t think being a horror fan can prove useful. We’ll see who survives the inevitable Zombie Vampire Supernatural Apocalypse.