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World’s tiniest mustache successfully fitted onto red blood cell

World’s tiniest mustache successfully fitted onto red blood cell

MELBOURNE — Australian scientists have achieved a exceptional feat — by creating the world’s smallest mustache on a pink blood cell, measuring solely 5 microns. This microscopic mustache, invisible to the bare eye, was crafted to focus on the essential position of blood donation in males’s well being.

The idea originated from the Australian Pink Cross Lifeblood group in collaboration with Movember, a world males’s well being charity. The mustache was meticulously positioned on a single blood cell by a group from The Australian Nationwide Fabrication Facility’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) and the Ramaciotti Centre for Cryo-Electron Microscopy at Monash College.

This initiative concerned gathering a blood cell from a volunteer donor in Melbourne. The MCN group then employed a complicated FIB-SEM (Centered Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope) to seize a picture of the tiny mustache.

“FIB-SEM is able to imaging buildings as small as 1/10,000th of the width of a human hair, by using high-energy beams of metallic ions to etch and deposit tiny buildings,” says Bernie Orelup, Engineering & Operations Supervisor at MCN, in a press release per SWNS. “The method to make the mustache is akin to developing a miniature ‘Mr. Potato Head’ accent, we meticulously crafted the tiny ‘Mo’ by layering 3D printed polymer resin on a tiny stalk and delicately attaching it to a single red blood cell utilizing a micromanipulator. The intricate course of, utilizing state-of-the-art nanofabrication strategies, allowed us to create an emblem of help for males’s well being that’s invisible to the bare eye however carries a strong message.”

The red blood cell receiving the world's tiniest mustache.
The pink blood cell receiving the world’s tiniest mustache. (Credit score: SWNS)

The pink cell, earlier than being positioned within the microscope, was mounted onto a gold-coated slide and coated with a metallic layer roughly 15 nanometers thick. This preparation was essential for the microscopic imaging course of.

This November, Lifeblood is partnering with Movember to advertise males’s well being and encourage blood and plasma donations. Lifeblood spokesperson Alison Gould emphasizes the importance of blood donation in treating widespread male diseases like coronary heart illness, lung and throat cancers, and blood clots, which regularly require billions of blood cells for remedy. She notes that donating blood isn’t solely altruistic but additionally affords a chance for donors to find out about their very own well being.

“Blood donation isn’t only a method of serving to your mates, additionally it is a good way to get to know your individual well being whereas saving a life, with each donation together with a test of your coronary heart price, blood pressure, and we additionally test iron retailer ranges in new male donors,” she says. “Whereas this mustache is small, we’re hoping it could make a huge impact and encourage just a few males (and girls) on the market to provide blood and do their bit for males’s well being.”

Orelup additional explains the importance of their work at MCN, emphasizing the significance of nanotechnology in making invisible buildings seen and contributing to constructive societal adjustments. This collaboration with Lifeblood and Monash College underscores their dedication to utilizing nanofabrication for noble causes, comparable to supporting Movember and elevating consciousness of the significance of blood donation in men’s health.

Movember Co-Founder Travis Garone says he loves the marketing campaign’s creativity and the essential message it conveys about males’s well being. “Simply after I thought I’d seen all of it, a bunch of scientists come alongside and plant the world’s tiniest mustache on a pink blood cell,” he says. “What an excellent marketing campaign to indicate the essential position that blood donation performs in males’s well being – and what an enormous testomony to the creativity and dedication of those that proceed to fly the flag for males’s well being. I’m actually in awe of the innovation. It’s proof that the human spirit, when fuelled by function, is aware of no bounds. I hope that this tiny Mo raises some much-needed consciousness and sparks some necessary actions for males’s well being this Movember.”

South West Information Service author Dean Murray contributed to this report.