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This chapter is all about the stuff that vampires crave. ‘Blood is the life’, as Dracula would say, and it certainly seemed to do him a power of good. It gave him superhuman strength and rejuvenated the centuries-old Count. Here we separate the science fiction from the science fact. We explore the science of blood – what it is and what it does for humans and vampires. Blood has been credited with all kinds of impressive properties over the years, and as science has progressed, it has revealed that blood really is special stuff. The benefits of transfusions, as well as the nutritional value of blood and its potential to keep us forever young are all investigated here. There are also details of synthetic blood products and how they could benefit human health in emergency situations, such as a vampire attack.

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