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Scientists: Waste product may save lives

from The Sydney Morning Herald

Scientists believe the substance left over after donated blood is processed could contain a key to reducing deaths from heart attack. The vital substance is high-density lipoprotein, and CSL's Dr. Samuel Wright says the Australian biopharmaceutical company could recover "a few tonnes" of it from its processes every year. This reconstituted HDL could be injected into the blood streams of people with heart disease, where it would return to its ordinary function of sucking up trapped cholesterol and sending it off for disposal. more

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