Brown Rice Chinese researchers genetically modified brown rice to express an artificial human blood protein. Wikimedia Commons You can't squeeze blood from a turnip, but it might be possible to extract it from rice. Blood protein, at least. Genetically modified brown rice seeds can produce a cost-effective and easily stored supply of human serum albumin, researchers in China report. HSA is important for treatment of a wide array of maladies, including severe burns, liver cirrhosis and hemorrhagic shock, and it's a key ingredient in drug and vaccine tests. But its primary source is donated human plasma, so it is in short supply around the world - not least in China, which even saw reports of fake albumin for sale after a price spike four years ago. Hoping to come up with an artificial supply, previous researchers have attempted to draw human blood protein from potatoes, tobacco leaves and genetically engineered...
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