Why do Asari have different coloured blood to humans?

Luke Willcocks


This paper investigates the possible causes for the differences in blood colour between the Asari and humans found in the Mass Effect Universe (Video Game). Specifically, it was found that the natural reserves of Element Zero found on the Asari planet could be the reason for this difference. If the Element Zero acts as a semiconductor then the violet colour of Asari blood could be a direct consequence of the quantum dot nature of Element Zero.


Computer game; Biology; Science fiction trope; Metalloprotein; Asari; Mass Effect

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