On Monday National Academy of Sciences, researches have developed a new way to store the samples of blood by using Silk Cocoons.
Actually, the doctors take the blood samples for analysis and the sample either is immediately examined or refrigerated. Because the proteins in the blood may destroy by an enzyme or deformed by heat. Researchers from Tufts University have developed a new way to store samples without having to put them on ice by using Silk Cocoons.
The system works in a manner similar to conventional dried blood spot collection wherein a drop of blood is deposited onto a piece of cardboard and allowed to dry. The Tufts method, however, relies on powdered silk and a separate silk-based solution. Mixing these two items with a sample of blood and allowing the result to dry preserved more viable blood proteins than both the normal drying and refrigeration methods.
The team published its findings in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. The technology itself is still very much in its preliminary development stages and won’t be showing up in your doctor’s office in the foreseeable future.