Bottle of dry red

By Simon Round, July 2, 2009

First there was freeze dried coffee — now there is freeze dried blood.

Scientists in Israel are working with the army to turn IDF soldiers’ blood into a freeze dried powder.

The plan is that the powder will be sent to the battlefield with the soldier and in the event that a transfusion is needed, it can be stirred in with a little water to create a lifesaving solution.

Brigadier General Dr Nachman Ash, head of the medical corps, told reporters if the idea proves itself it could also be adapted to civilian life.

Great idea — and much less messy than the liquid version.

Last updated: 11:33am, July 2 2009