Development of Artificial blood: Science has made manufacturing of synthetic blood possible in reality
Scientists in their recent research are almost successful in manufacturing Artificial Blood with the help of new technologies.They have created something jelly like synthetic particles which they claim as mimic of the key characteristics of red blood cells,that could also treat cancer like diseases.
This great breakthrough is made possible at the University of North California at Chapel Hill,where researchers believe that this could be much more effective treatments for life threatening diseases like cancer.
The researchers used a new technology known as PRINT(Particle Replication in Non Wetting Templates) to produce very soft hydro-gel particles allowing to circulate in the body for some extended period of time.
The study holds a very important role in the life of human beings a s RBC’s have the tendency to deform naturally in order to pass through microscopic pores in organs and narrow blood cells. RBC’s have life span of 120 days,where they gradually become stiffer and eventually are filtered out when they can no longer be deformed.The study,creates an attempt for the effective blood cells that are limited as the particles tend to be quickly filtered out of circulation due to their in flexibility.
Using PRINT technology a technique that could produce nanoparticles with control over size,shape and chemistry,they create moulds which are filled with hydrogel solution and processed to produce thousands of red blood cells each of 6 micro meters in diameter in the shape of a disc.
The invention leads to the cure of dangerous diseases lke Cancer,where cancer cells are softer than healthy cells and get stick in different parts of the body.Particles consists of cancer treatment medicines that can remain in circulation longer may result in more aggressive treatments.
Joseph DeSimone,one of the investigator says “Creating particles for extended circulation in blood stream has been significant challenge in the development of drug delivery system from the beginning.” “We believe this study represents a real game changer for future of nanomadecine”
Professor Chad Mirkin,from Northwestern University in Chicago and one of the US President Barack Obama’s science adviser commented on the research that the ability to mimic the natural processes of a body for medical purposes has been a marvelous goal for researchers.