Can Science Replace Blood Transfusions?

Blood from a lamb, into a human – this sounds like a horror movie, but it’s actually the first recorded blood transfusion… four hundred years ago. In this video we look at how far we’ve come, and the century-long quest for the Holy Grail of transfusion medicine: synthetic blood.

00:00 Introduction
01:08 Why we need synthetic blood
02:09 What is synthetic blood
02:44 Why we can’t use water as a blood substitute
06:38 Liquid breathing experiments and the 1989 movie The Abyss
08:37 Perfluorocarbon approach to liquid breathing
10:40 Creating synthetic red blood cells

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Executive Producers:
Matthew Radcliff

Elaine Seward
Andrew Sobey
Darren Weaver

George Zaidan

Scientific Consultants:
Jonathan S. Jahr, MD, PhD, FASA
Michelle Boucher, PhD
Brianne Raccor, PhD

Executive in Charge for PBS: Maribel Lopez
Associate Director of Programming for PBS: Niki Walker

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