The dyeing process has a long history in the world of medicine and surgery.
A team of scientists in the United States have now published their results in the journal Cell.
Dr Adam Krieg, from the University of Colorado, said the process could be used to help people with cancer or people who have undergone blood transfusions.
“If we’re able to do that, we can really save a lot of people’s lives,” he said.
Dr Krieg said the dyeing was similar to what was used in blood transfusion, but the process involved a tiny amount of blood that was injected into the patient’s body.
“It’s really a very simple and inexpensive method,” he told the ABC.
“We could potentially get the dye to flow in a very small amount of time and it wouldn’t be harmful to anyone.”
Dr Krieght said the research showed that dyeing could be a very effective way to treat a number of diseases.
“One of the major reasons why it is so useful in blood donation is that there’s a lot more than the usual red blood cells and platelets,” he explained.
“So there’s blood stem cells and blood vessels that are actually in the dye, and these stem cells can regenerate, and so you can create whole new blood vessels and whole new tissues.”
Dr Jelena Brimovic from the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Engineering at the University, said dyeing is a new technology and that it could be very helpful to the world’s poorest people.
“Dyeing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of dying from disease,” she said.
“There’s already a lot going on in the global health system that relies on blood transfused and blood products.”
But we also need to make sure that the supply chain is sustainable and safe.
“Dr Brimović said the technology could also be used for medical devices, where it would be more environmentally friendly.”
A lot of the medical devices that we use today are made from the blood that’s coming from donors,” she explained.”[The dye] would not have any impact on the environment.
It would be like adding carbon dioxide to a gasoline tank.
“For medical devices like pacemakers and cardiac pacemaking, there are so many other benefits to this dyeing.”
She said it would also be helpful in treating certain cancers, such as breast cancer.
“Blood dyeing for breast cancer is currently very limited because it requires a very precise treatment,” she added.
“In this research, we are looking at the potential of this dye to actually help treat this disease.”
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