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Liquid Air Mimics God’s System (Part 1 of 2)
Liquid air isn’t something you only see in science-fiction movies. Find out more on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
Before birth, a developing baby breathes amniotic fluid, which delivers dissolved oxygen to the lungs. When very premature babies are born, they often have difficulty breathing because their lungs lack a substance that enables them to get oxygen from the air. The result is often chronic lung disease or other permanent damage.
But now researchers are testing something that is popularly called “liquid air.” This liquid, a perfluorocarbon, can carry oxygen to the immature lungs of the infant who is not yet ready to breathe air, much like the amniotic fluid the child would be breathing had it not been born prematurely. Animal tests suggest that infants who were born after only 20 weeks of gestation could be helped to survive through the use of this “liquid air.”
More about liquid air next time.
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: “‘Liquid air’ may help save premature babies.” Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Newsletter, Oct. 1989.