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Early 2000's Cultural Trends and Blood Transfusion Science

Paul Ramey November 10, 2021

Throughout 2021, we’ve been taking you on a journey of donating through the decades. As we leave behind the grungy, Information Age 1990s, we enter a whole new century the likes of which we can’t yet imagine. 

Blood Collection

The 2000s saw blood collection addressing concerns over West Nile Virus (WNV). In 2002 WNV was identified as transfusion transmissible, and in 2005 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first WNV blood test to screen donors of blood, organs, cells and tissues.

In other transfusion medicine history, in 2002 the FDA licensed a nucleic acid amplification test for HIV and HCV, and in 2004 the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB) received a $2.4 million CDC grant to reduce transfusion-transmitted HIV in Africa and South America.
 

The Internet Rises 

The Internet exploded as a new century began, contributing to a new level of globalization and communication. The first social networking sites were Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter, established in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, respectively. 

Entertainment Rules

In 2001 we muggles were treated to the first movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s charming Harry Potter fantasy book series – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduced us all to Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Professor Snape, and a plethora of other magical characters that would accompany us through the decade, and beyond.

The same year, Peter Jackson’s successful movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings carried the One Ring all the way to Mordor and gave us hope as “even the smallest” played a role in vanquishing evil. Down the street, Marvel Comics landed the first red and yellow chromed blow in creating its expansive, beautiful cinematic universe with Robert Downey, Jr. and Iron Man in 2008.

Meanwhile, in TV land the mystery drama Lost was giving us all a puzzler as a bunch of plane crash survivors on a remote island tried to survive and figure out…well…everything! The awkward and hilarious The Office broke the fourth wall more times than could be counted, and landed one of the most endearing romances of the decade. And The Sopranos turned crime-drama on its head, giving us a family of mafia killers that we nevertheless grew to love.

In music, the first decade of the 21st century gave us some truly memorable sounds. Georgia rap/funk duo Outkast made us shake it like a Polaroid picture with Hey Ya! Lady Gaga showed us her Poker Face along with some outrageous wardrobe choices, and P!nk offered up one of the best workout songs in years, with Get the Party Started.

Elsewhere, bluegrass and country found new life in the unlikely duo of Allison Kraus and Robert Plant, with the growling and shaking rumbler Gone Gone Gone. And Australian band Jet gave us the Motown-meets-punk manic and frantic rocker Are You Gonna Be My Girl?

Here are some interesting facts about life in America during the 2000's from the US Census Bureau:
•    The "dot.com" technology bubble, spanning from 1995 to 2000, peaks when intraday trading on the NASDAQ exchange reaches 5132.52.
•    On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer unveils the first iPod.
•    Author Stephenie Meyer publishes Twilight, the first in her wildly popular series about Bella Swan and a vampire named Edward Cullen.
•    Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, hits southeast Louisiana, August 29, 2005.
•    Author J.K. Rowling publishes the final installment of her Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, July 2007.
•    Senator Barack Obama is elected president on November 4, 2008.
•    In January 2009, Nickelodeon celebrates the 10th anniversary of the hit children's television program, SpongeBob SquarePants.

If you're ready to celebrate the 2000s and save lives, now is the time to come in and donate. Give blood in November & December and you will get some bling swag, including a hot OneBlood Fleece Blanket! 

Never donated blood before? It’s okay to be a noob! Chillax and make your appointment today. Click now to find a OneBlood Donor Center or Big Red Bus near you. 

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Paul Ramey

Paul Ramey is a OneBlood Graphic Designer, as well as a published author (Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire) and music recording artist (Nothing On Earth). Paul is very proud to be part of OneBlood’s lifesaving team.

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