On the preservation in vitro of living erythrocytes

@article{RousOnTP,
  title={On the preservation in vitro of living erythrocytes},
  author={Peyton Rous and Jerrold R. Turner},
  journal={Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine},
  volume={12},
  pages={122 - 124}
}
  • P. Rous, J. Turner
  • Published 1 March 1915
  • Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
The length of life of the functioning red blood cell is not known, but there is indirect evidence that it is several weeks at least. A priori one might suppose that if these elements were kept in the cold outside the body their period of survival would be much longer. But as a matter of fact in citrated plasma or defibrinated blood the erythrocytes of many species begin to break down within a week or ten days; and washed erythrocytes in normal salt solution or Ringer's fluid do not last even so… 
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