Human Serum Albumin Cirrhosis

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Human Serum Albumin Cirrhosis, In a scientific development that evokes images of Chinese vampires take over the earth, scientists at the University of Wuhan (in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and USA) have discovered a way to extract human serum albumin (HSA) from rice seed. From AFP:

First, the genetic engineering of rice seeds to produce high levels of HSA. Then they developed a way to purify the protein from the seeds, the collection of about 2.75 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of rice.

When they tested the rice protein made in rats with liver cirrhosis, a common condition that often used the human equivalent, they found that the treatment produced similar results with HSA.

If successful in humans, this development benefits will outweigh serious concerns about the oddly coincides with the premise of True Blood. HSA is used in the treatment of severe burns, hemorrhagic shock and liver disease, and the global annual demand is around 500 tonnes.

Making rice serum also eliminates the risk of transmission of human diseases of blood donors, a recurring problem in China. But the mass planting of rice in the blood ‘modified in China could have consequences of its own:

Large-scale planting of genetically modified rice fields that could produce enough seed for the mass production of the protein also raises concerns regarding the provision of environmental and food contamination, since rice is a staple of world food.

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