Scientists’ Discovery Could Reduce Dependence on Animals for Vital Anti-Blood Clot Drug

The patented finding could transform the way the world produces the blood thinner heparin
Heparin, the world’s most widely used blood thinner, is used during procedures ranging from kidney dialysis to open heart surgery. Currently, heparin is derived from pig intestines, but scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered how to make it in the lab. They have also developed a path to a biomanufacturing process that could potentially revolutionize how the world gets its supply of this crucial medicine.