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The blood substitute can be a protein, sugar beet

November 9, 2014

Protein sugar beet, in the case of deficit, if required transfusion may be an alternative to human blood, BBC News reports citing a paper published in Plant & Cell Physiology.

Swedish researchers found that the protein contained in this vegetable can be used as a substitute for blood chemical composition and structure of human hemoglobin in sugar beet have 50-60% similarity.

Researchers trying to change the vegetable protein so that it is able to function in human tissues. According to the researchers, it will take about three years.