Making Blood Transfusions Safe Essay by numero uno

Making Blood Transfusions Safe
A look at the new procedure for safer blood transfusions.
# 8258 | 1,000 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2003 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Biology (Biotechnology)

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This paper studies how science and medicine have combined to make the process of a blood transfusion both safer and less necessary. The paper looks at dangers involved with blood transfusions, and introduces a new procedure that should improve the safety of transfusing blood. The workings of the procedure are explained and its strengths and weaknesses are evaluated. It then moves on to other measures that can be taken, in making blood transfusions safer. It also deals with the use of these developments to Jehovah's Witnesses.

From the Paper:

"Blood transfusions can save a person's life, but if the blood is not carefully checked for impurities such as the HIV virus, the transfusion can also take someone's life. However, a new procedure may help virtually eliminate any risk of contamination of transfusion blood by viruses such as HIV. Essentially, a chemical has been developed by scientists in California which, when exposed to ultraviolet light, binds to the genetic material in blood and the resulting bonds "prevent the two strands of DNA's double helix from unzipping, thereby preventing germs from replicating." (Pollack 1)"

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