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Ethiopians can live and work more than a mile and a half above sea level without getting acute mountain sickness, despite breathing lower pressure air with lower levels of oxygen. This is because they have a gene adaptation that keeps their haemoglobin levels lower, reducing their risk of stroke. This is a different adaptation to that seen in Tibetans

Read the original article in PLoS Genetics.

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital Boston have created oxygen-carrying microparticles that can be injected into the vein and could (theoretically) mean that someone could live without breathing or being ventilated. It’s only been tested in animals so far but it restored oxygen levels to normal within seconds. Like Harry Potter’s gillyweed, it would only be temporary but could buy time for doctors and paramedics.

Read the paper in Science Translational Medicine.

Some of the Olympic venue sites have been cleaned up using bioremediation as part of one of the world’s largest brownfield regeneration projects. Brownfield sites are previous industrial sites and include the Aquatic Centre, where the ground was contaminated with lubricating oil. The process used indigenous microbes to aerobically biodegrade the oil, supported with REGENESIS’ Advanced Oxygen Release Compound, which released oxygen over 12 months.

Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August

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