New molecule mimics the anti-clotting action of blood-sucking organisms

Nature gave ticks, mosquitoes and leeches a quick-acting way to keep blood from clotting while they extract their meal from a host. Now the key to that method has been harnessed by a team of Duke researchers as a potential anti-clotting agent that could be used as an alternative to heparin during angioplasty, dialysis care, surgeries and other procedures.

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