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A New Supply of Blood?

Published May 6, 2014 2:17 PM by David Plaut

It is possible that, in two to three years, we may have a new source of blood. Studies from U. Edinburgh and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service have been able to reprogrammed red cells grown from fibroblasts into mature red cells. This blood is Type O negative (the universal donor). This “artificial blood would consist entirely of young, healthy and infection-free cells, avoiding the issues of pathogen contamination that have in the past plagued the donor blood supply."

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