A New Supply of Blood?
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."