Mam­moth task for anti freeze blood

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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.”

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