Dr. Robert Winslow dies at 67; UC San Diego artificial blood pioneer

Dr. Robert Winslow, a UC San Diego researcher who was one of the pioneers in the development of artificial blood, died at his home Feb. 2 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 67. Winslow also had climbed Mt. Everest and worked briefly at a variety of high-altitude research laboratories to better understand the physiology of blood under such extreme conditions. Artificial blood has long been a Holy Grail of physicians because it could theoretically be stored without refrigeration and could be given to accident and trauma victims immediately without waiting for typing. But the field ran into unexpected obstacles. One approach was to use inert chemicals called perfluorocarbons,...