It's all in the blood… In The Forum this week, writer Lawrence Hill argues that blood is central to our identity. Forensic scientist Dr Gillian Leak explains how blood patterns at violent crime scenes can catch killers. And haematologist - or blood scientist - Professor Kikkeri Naresh, tells us about the latest advances in treating cancers of the blood. What else can this life-giving red liquid reveal?http://bbc.in/1wgIytD
Saturday 23 August 2014
What do you see in a phial of blood? A life sustaining fluid teeming with millions of cells? Evidence to solve a terrible crime? Samira Ahmed explores blood in medicine, at crime scenes, and in our bodies and minds, with the help of Canadian writer Lawrence Hill who’s written a biography of the red stuff, Dr Gillian Leak, a forensic expert in crime scene blood pattern analysis, and Professor Kikkeri Naresh seeking to unlock the mysteries of blood cancer.
Lawrence Hill is an award winning Canadian writer who has recently written a book called Blood: A Biography of the Stuff of Life. It is a very personal series of observations and investigations following the flow of blood, literally and figuratively, through science, art, politics, religion and literature.
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Hill
Dr. Gillian Leak is a blood pattern analysis and crime scene expert. She is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of blood pattern analysis and was formerly the UK's Forensic Science Service National Scientific Lead for the discipline.
Professor Kikkeri Naresh has worked in the field of haematopathology for over 20 years, leading and training health professionals across three continents. At the Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College in London he focuses on diagnostics, translational research and training in blood pathology, and has a particular interest in cancers of the blood.
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Gillian Leak wants to develop artificial blood for medical purposes that doesn't require refrigeration and has long term storage capabilities. This would mean that it could be shipped at a moment’s notice to any disaster in the world and would be incapable of transmitting any type of disease. Where appropriate, drugs could be added to the sample prior to infusion if necessary.