Mammoth task for anti freeze blood
ARTIFICIAL blood made from woolly mammoths is being made to keep people alive in freezing temperatures.
Boffins researching the DNA of the Ice Age creatures have discovered a gene that allowed them to survive in a sub-zero climate.
A mutation as they evolved from tropical elephants meant they had natural anti-freeze so they could survive the harsh conditions of the period.
And now scientists are using the research to create synthetic blood for human use.
Professor Chien Ho of Carnegie Mellon University said: “These insights could lead to the design of new artificial blood products.”