Seven things you might not know about blood

We're full of blood – around five litres, on average.

Adam Taylor, Professor and Director of the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  anatomy  blood  plasma  blood-cells  human-body  blood-type  blood-plasma

Coronavirus: what is plasma therapy?

A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus blood clinical-trials

Coronavirus: what is convalescent plasma therapy?

A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus blood clinical-trials

How does a baby 'breathe' while inside its mom?

A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it's exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother's blood delivers it.

Julie Pollock, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Richmond • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: placenta baby chemistry pregnancy blood oxygen mother biochemistry hemoglobin breathing breath fetus

What is a brain freeze?

Have you ever felt a piercing pain in your head when you eat something cold?

Tyler Daniel Anderson-Sieg, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brain pain blood curious-kids curious-kids-us cold oxygen ice-cream blood-vessels

Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.

Daniel Stadlbauer, Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies sars-cov-2 immunity coronavirus-2020 new-coronavirus blood plasma blood-test

Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them

Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.

Ann Sheehy, Professor of Biology, College of the Holy Cross • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  ebola  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  blood  ebola-virus  plasma

How we learned to keep organs alive outside the body: a horrible history

Grisly early experiments laid the foundation of our understanding of how to keep organs 'alive' in isolation.

Sarah Hosgood, Senior Research Associate in Surgery, University of Cambridge • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  history-of-medicine  medicine  surgery  organ-transplant  interdisciplinarity  blood  french-revolution

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