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Researchers develop freeze-dried blood that could save soldiers and astronauts

from Louisville Courier Journal

Donated blood generally has a six-week shelf life, but University of Louisville researchers are testing a way to convert red blood cells into a longer-lasting powder that potentially could save the lives of soldiers, trauma patients and maybe even astronauts. Professors Michael Menze and Jonathan Kopechek, as well as PhD candidate Brett Janis, have spent two years developing this "freeze dried" approach to storing blood, which has drawn interest from the U.S. military, NASA, emergency responders and other groups. more

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