Scientists To Produce Human Blood Component From Genetically Modified Rice

November 9, 2011


Produce human blood, or giant rice monsters? Only time will tell.

Chinese scientists at Wuhan University have successfully embedded human genes into growing rice, allowing the plants to produce Human Serum Albumin, the protein that makes up the majority of human blood "plasma". The protein that makes up the majority of human man-plasma? Little spermies.

Donated blood is separated into three components - red blood cells, platlets, which are used to aid blood clotting, and plasma, which is mainly made up of a protein called Human Serum Albumin and is given to patients suffering heavy blood loss.

By growing the genetically modified rice in fields, the researchers claim Human Serum Albumin could be mass produced for use in hospitals, reducing the need to purify it from blood donations.

"Currently commercial production of HSA is primarily based on collected human plasma, which is limited in supply, but of high clinical demand.

Farming blood from plants, ladies and gentlemen -- the future is now. Next stop: Growing entire human limbs on trees. "OMG -- legs like oaks in real life?!" Peg legs, son, peg legs. *carving 'I HEART GEEKOLOGIE' in some poor sap's future transplant*

Genetically modified rice created to produce human blood [telegraph]
DUPE: Non-Mad Scientists Say They'll Turn Rice into Blood [gizmodo]

Thanks to Totally Not A Mad Scientist. Oh really? Because that sounds like exactly like something a mad scientist would say. Also, "IT'S ALIVE -- IT'S ALIVE! MWAHAHAHAHAH!!"

  • Zomb13Cat

    Is this how True Blood started?

  • Guest

    Now I can finally enjoy some bl0od rice pudding. :d

  • John Pickens

    Has no one else seen The Golden Child?!!

  • Yes.
    And it was oatmeal.

  • morrow363

    I enjoy the white but not the shorter article length... That is all.  

    P.S. I hope that is not a picture of bloody rice, if so, shame on you China.

  • Tristan Probst

    OKAY WHAT THE FUCK IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN YESTERDAY! Seriously GW, it should be obvious your core readers are not at all pleased. This has been my favourite site for almost three years, but now I hardly want to come here anymore. Please change it back, or the intertubes are ruined for me.

  • I'm going to safely call bullshit on not visiting a site you've dedicated 3 years of your life towards, because you prefer black over white. Shut up.

  • honestly IT'S HORRIBLE NOW, he knows this, i know this. you dont know this, you're a butthole

  • Tristan Probst

    Did you ever visit the site before today? It looks terrible now. And now, with having to click a link for every article, it will take way too long to read everything.

  • Agreed! We miss the old ways, mainly the black. Oh and HA! "Poor Sap's" leg, yeah,  cuz it would be made outta tree wood... yeah.... Your jokes are funnier on a black, just sayin could had two laughs.  - This site is too freaking harsh like this.

  • First off the story is kinda gross but neat and would help people. Second why did you let a 13 year old little girly beliber chick design the new look of geekologie change it back.

  • Vampires need to carbo-load too!

  • So I can still eat this is what you're saying

  • Jonathan Britton Larkby

    The old format sucked and loaded up as fast as the Greek economic recovery.  Thanks for new and fast, goodbye to old/slow/creepy.


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