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Blood Donors in East Texas Pour In to Help West Victims

There are stories across the state of people heading to blood banks to donate blood after Wednesday night's deadly explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, TX.

And there are more opportunities to donate blood today, and again tomorrow in Lufkin.

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Red Cross Fined $9.6 Million for Blood Safety Violations

In the second multi-million-dollar penalty levied against the American Red Cross in the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has fined the agency nearly $9.6 million for “sloppy and unsafe blood management practices.”

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Genetically Modified Rice Can Be Used in Lieu of Human Blood

Scientists have found a way to genetically modify rice as a replacement for human blood. The idea is to extract a protein containing human genes that could then be used in lieu of actual blood to help burn victims and those who’ve suffered massive blood loss.

It’s seen as a viable solution to shortages of blood donations, and it circumvents the need for HIV and hepatitis screenings that must be done on human blood before it can be used.

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