Technician makes artificial haemoglobin from blood

Technician makes artificial haemoglobin from blood

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Caption: Artificial blood. Masked technician handles a bag of haemoglobin extracted from out-of-date human blood. This haemoglobin is being tested for use as a type of artificial blood. The technician works through the gloves of an isolator in a sterile laboratory. Haemoglobin is a protein that colours blood red, and it carries gases (carbon dioxide & oxygen) to and from the lungs. Low blood reserves worldwide and a high demand for blood has led to research to produce artificial blood. Artificial blood can serve any blood group, is free of blood- borne diseases, and has an increased shelf-life. Photographed at Baxter in Lessines, Belgium.

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