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  • Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study finds

    Topography of a red blood cell as measured by the SLIM optical technique. Though the cell keeps its shape as it ages, the membrane becomes less flexible.

    Topography of a red blood cell as measured by the SLIM optical technique. Though the cell keeps its shape as it ages, the membrane becomes less flexible.

    Photo courtesy of Gabriel Popescu

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  • To reach Gabriel Popescu, call (217) 333-4840; email: gpopescu@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Optical Assay of Erythrocyte Function in Banked Blood,” is available online.