Hurry Up, Blood Cells!
Leviticus 17:11: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
Over the years, Creation Moments has presented many interesting facts about blood, but a new study from the University of Rochester Medical Center may be the most amazing one of all.
As reported in ScienceNews, researchers have now discovered that when the brain runs low on oxygen, "red blood cells sense the deficit and hurl themselves through capillaries to deliver their cargo." The science journal also noted that this research on mice suggests that the cells "can both detect and remedy low oxygen."
So how exactly do red blood cells remedy an oxygen deficit in the brain? According to Jiandi Wan from New York's Rochester Institute of Technology, when oxygen levels run low, "red blood cells pick up speed by becoming more flexible." This "bendiness" allows the cells "to squeeze through narrow capillaries faster." Only when the researchers used chemicals to stiffen the red blood cells did the cells slow down.
Study coauthor Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester Medical Center said that these findings might ultimately be applied to treating disorders where the link between neural activity and blood flow is damaged, including Alzheimer's disease.
This is exciting news but isn't good news for evolutionists. How can they explain this amazing property of red blood cells? They can't. Creationists, however, have no difficulty explaining it. But even we are at a loss for words when we consider that Jesus willingly shed His own blood to save the lost.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your beloved Son to pour out His blood on the cross so that we might be forgiven! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Notes: Laura Sanders, "Red blood cells sense low oxygen in the brain," ScienceNews, 8/4/16. Photo: The bright red drop of blood on the left is oxygenated; the one on the right is deoxygenated. (CC BY 3.0)
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