For the blood is the life

Just finished writing and submitting a review of the first of the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mysteries, Dead Until Dark, which was highly enjoyable (read the review on the Alien when it goes up if you want to know more). With the vampires in this series living openly in society there are hotels, airports and bars all catering for them, serving up synthetic blood (although vamp groupies or fangbangers as they are called sometimes donate the real stuff). Then in a little bit of synchronicity I get my New Scientist email digest with a story about a promising attempt to create successful synthetic blood by scientists at the Unversity of California.