Plastic blood

Who ever would have guessed that this would be possible: a blood product substitute made from plastic, and which may be available for use in the next few years.  Unbelievable.  What will we come up with next??

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    But plastic is toxic. It’s already slowly killing us by bleeding out of everything in our immediate environments. They’re terrifying. I’m stifling a scream.

  2. The Midwife
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    You know, I was thinking about the toxic and harmful aspects of it, too. But then I thought about all the plastic which is used in the body in good ways: plastic replacement heart valves, plastic knee and hip replacement parts, plastic pace makers, and yes, as the article mentioned, plastic molecules are already being used in many drugs to help modify drug release and deliver drugs to the body–many of which have been in use for decades now, with no serious repurcusions. So I’m not sure if this is one of those things where 40 years down the line we’ll discover that it’s actually incredibly harmful (like dioxin bleaching or thalidomide), or something which is truly lifesaving.

  3. Posted November 21, 2007 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I understand what you’re saying. As I read it I thought about the piece of technology in my mouth…fake tooth plate. I thought about how dentistry has always been defined as beneficial by so many. It’s only on marginal sites all over the net, that people are talking about the ways that dentistry tech, fillings, inserts of all kinds are linked to all sorts of environmental illnesses. Because the medical establishment refuses to link them, refuses to trace so much of what ails us back to their medicines, doesn’t mean that foreign bodies aren’t causing no end of damage to our systems. Mindful of the reputation of medicine as always hiding away the harmful effects or ignoring them, even in birthing medicine, I know that there will no doubt be some part of this story that remains hidden.

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