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Thread: Artificial Blood from Adult Stem Cells

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    Artificial Blood from Adult Stem Cells

    Here is the news item

    (Excerpt from article):

    Prof Turner has devised a technique to culture red blood cells from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells – cells that have been taken from humans and ‘rewound’ into stem cells. Biochemical conditions similar to those in the human body are then recreated to induce the iPS cells to mature into red blood cells – of the rare universal blood type O-.

    “Although similar research has been conducted elsewhere, this is the first time anybody has manufactured blood to the appropriate quality and safety standards for transfusion into a human being,” said Prof Turner.

    There are plans in place for the trial to be concluded by late 2016 or early 2017, he said. It will most likely involve the treatment of three patients with Thalassaemia, a blood disorder requiring regular transfusions. The behaviour of the manufactured blood cells will then be monitored.

    “The cells will be safe,” he said, adding that there are processes whereby cells can be removed.

    The technique highlights the prospect of a limitless supply of manufactured type O- blood, free of disease and compatible with all patients.


    Here is the web page from Wellcome Trust that addresses this

    Along with this news item, some reader comments are interesting. For instance, one reader asks if this artificial blood can revert back to its original form or if it could become carcinogenic. The researchers may not be able to answer this question yet, but I would like to read any comments on the subject.
    Last edited by rbrown1205; 04-23-2014 at 05:09 AM.

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    WOW!!! Nice progress towards blood alternatives. Not sure how this would affect me as one of Jehovah's Witnesses but sure to keep an eye on it.

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