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Stop the bleeding NOW

May 12, 2008

A few minutes have different meaning depending if you are at the office, or trapped in your wrecked car after a multi-car accident on the way home.  You were hit by a fully-loaded truck and would have been killed instantly except for the high-strength cabin of your modern car. But your liver is cut and in the time it takes to open that same cabin with Jaws Of Life, you will be a highway statistic. You are bleeding to death, fast.

The determined EMT reaches into the wreckage and inserts a tube into your wound, squeezing in a clear liquid from an envelope.  Your bleeding stops immediately. Despite the severity of the accident, you’re going to make it. 

When you are in recovery, you find out that the clear liquid contained a synthetic peptide that turns into a gel in the presence of blood, acting like a perfect bandage.  The gel even makes a good matrix for healing and is used in brain surgery too.  Be grateful to MIT where the discovery was made, and to Arch Thereputics, the startup company that is turning it into a product that can be used in surgery and emergency medicine.  This is HUGE. 

(By the way, I am available to write ad copy for a reasonable fee.  Or scripts for hospital soap operas.  Have your people call my people, Dr. Ellis-Behnke)

One other thing: the next time you see Ben Stein saying “Science leads you to killing people”, tell him we want all our stuff back. Science isn’t required for genocide to happen. There are endless examples of science doing exactly the opposite. The guy in his lab coat experimenting with synthetic peptides may not be thinking about emergency medicine; it’s in the application.

  1. May 12, 2008 at 06:50 | #1

    Ben Stein is so full of shit his eyes are brown. I can’t figure out how this idiot allowed himself to have a TV show, isn’t a lot of technology required to produce, broadcast, receive and watch TV?

    This guy has contributed exactly nothing to human culture, unless one thinks of “culture” in terms of pathogens and petri dishes.

  2. May 12, 2008 at 08:41 | #2

    Stein’s contribution is keeping us glued to the TV watching pop culture crap instead of reading a book or doing some other interesting.

    Very interesting about the peptide DOF. Thanks.

  3. May 13, 2008 at 07:38 | #3

    Yeah, Ben.  Bet you’ll be yawping about how science is all about killing people the next time you have a lacerated liver.

    You do know the only moral thing to do is reject that life-saving synthetic peptide created by a Hitler-worshipping, Darwinist dogma-spewing, evil atheist scientist, right, Ben?

    Ben?  Anyone?

    I thought so.

  4. May 14, 2008 at 11:21 | #4

    Thanks for this entry. Plusgood.

  5. June 14, 2008 at 15:12 | #5

    Well said.

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