Human blood recipe. You only need…

Let’s start!

In a bowl sift together

  • 2 tbsp serum albumin– molecular “taxi” for lipid-soluble hormones, free fatty acids and etc.
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp globulins– diverse group of proteins. It includes, for example, antibodies, which are bullets of immune system, and iron-binding transferrins.
  • 1/2 tsp fibrinogen, it assists in the blood clots formation

Antibodies also know as immunoGLOBULINS

In a large pot over a low heat, heat 2 cups of fresh water. Add protein mix to pot and season with

  • 1/2 tsp lipids
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of glucose and drop of urea

Protein powder mix

Taste the blood plasma for salt and add more if necessary.
Cook plasma for 15 minutes, until proteins dissolve in water.
Stir in blood cells:

  • 2 cups of red blood cells– erythrocytes. They contain hemoglobin and responsible for oxygen/ carbon dioxide transport
  • 1 tsp white blood cells– leukocytes. Cells protect us from foreign invaders and cancer traitors.
  • 1/4 tsp platelets also called thrombocytes. Actually they are not a cells. Platelets are fragments of the megakaryocyte based in the bone marrow. Thrombocytes play key role in the process of stopping bleeding.

Electron microscopy. Left to right: red blood cell, platelet, white blood cell

Cook blood for 10 minutes. Stir blood gently, so it doesn’t burn.
Garnish with hormones and serve.

This is how blood fractions look like.

Upper phase- blood plasma. Erythrocyte at the bottom or the centrifuge tube.

Buffy coat- small white band in the middle, it’s leukocytes. I use exactly this fraction of live cells to study the genetics of adaptive immunity.

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