What is "blood doping," and why does it matter?

Any time someone breaks a record, people inevitably bring up the possibility that they had some illegal enhancements. Just yesterday, gold medalist Ye Shiwen was accused of "blood doping" to improve her performance. You may be familiar with steroids and other drugs — but what on Earth is "blood doping?" And why would… » 8/01/12 7:00am 8/01/12 7:00am

Scientists recover the world's oldest human blood cells from Ötzi the…

He was found with an arrow in his shoulder and a stab wound in his hand, but when Ötzi the Iceman was first discovered in 1991, scientists were unable to recover so much as a drop of blood from his otherwise intact body. » 5/03/12 12:40pm 5/03/12 12:40pm

In the future, you'll get blood transfusions from yourself

According to reports from the World Health Organization, the number of blood donors worldwide is decreasing, while the global need for safe blood of all types continues to rise. Blood is running out. » 9/02/11 8:48am 9/02/11 8:48am