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A Very Short Introduction to... Blood

Wednesday 11 April

Blood is vital to most animals. In mammals it transports oxygen and food, carries away waste, and contains the white cells that attack invading microbes. Blood was one of the four humours in early Western medicine and is still probably the major diagnostic tool in the doctor's armoury.

Biochemist Prof Chris Cooper analyses the components of blood, explains blood groups, and looks at transfusions, blood tests, and blood-borne diseases. He considers what the future may hold, including the possibility of making artificial blood and producing blood from stem cells in the laboratory.

Presented by Oxford University Press

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