DARPA funds TruBlood, calls it Arteriocyte

First Batch of DARPA's Synthetic Blood Delivered to FDA, Could Be on Battlefields Soon
The biotech company, Arteriocyte, can turn an umbilical cord into 20 units of blood in about three days at a cost of about $5,000 per unit. That's a bit steep, but if the FDA approves the blood product and the company is able to scale the production method, fake blood could be the real deal.

Fortunately, It is made from the umbilical cords of third world babies, because we all know that it's the suffering that locks in the flavor.

The blood was produced using hematopoietic cells, derived from embryonic cord-blood units. Currently, it takes Arteriocyte scientists three days to turn a single umbilical cord unit into 20 units of RBC-packed blood. The average soldier needs six units during trauma treatment. "We're basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment," company CEO Don Brown tells Danger Room.


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5 Responses:

  1. mhoye says:

    I'm trying to decide if this is more Universal Soldier or Casshern.

  2. holywar says:

    a) I didn't see anything in your linked article that mentioned "third world babies", and
    b) As you note, it's from umbilical cords, not dead or stillborn babies or any similar horror scenarios.

    So what's the big deal?

  3. spendocrat says:

    This kind of thing is fantastically exciting.

  4. cdavies says:

    So this is why skynet keeps people alive in camps. I did wonder.