Tag Archives: parabiosis

Anne McLaren, transfusion, transplantation, and the nature of blood

Matthew Holmes Cambridge, UK   What happened during a transfusion or transplantation between different individuals, or even members of different species? For centuries some thought that hereditable characteristics might cross between individuals or species in this manner. This belief found fresh impetus in Marxist biology during the Cold War. Anne McLaren, Oxford-trained zoologist and first […]

Forever young: the history and promise of young blood therapeutics

Kelly Chen Birmingham, Alabama, United States   Bestefaderens Erindringer (Grandfather’s Memories). Painted by Adolph Tidemand. 1865. Public Domain.  Two mice waddle in unison. They eat together, drink together, and nest together. Their closeness is no act of nature—for on closer inspection a delicate line of sutures is seen connecting them from forelimb to hindlimb. They […]