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Synthetic blood transfusions within two years

By T.K. Randall
June 26, 2015 · Comment icon 7 comments



Synthetic blood could go a long way to help offset blood donation shortages. Image Credit: US Navy
Health authorities have revealed that synthetic blood could soon be transfused in to human test subjects.
At the moment blood transfusions rely entirely on donations from volunteers, but what if it was possible to create an inexhaustible supply of even the rarest blood types in a laboratory ?

This week the UK's National Health Service has announced ambitious new plans to begin human trials of synthetic blood transfusions within as little as two years.

"Scientists across the globe have been investigating for a number of years how to manufacture red blood cells to offer an alternative to donated blood to treat patients," said Dr. Nick Watkins.
While not intended to fully replace blood donations just yet, the synthetic blood will help provide 'customized transfusions' for patients with particularly complex blood types.

"We are confident that by 2017 our team will be ready to carry out the first early phase clinical trials in human volunteers," said Dr. Watkins.

While it might only be a tentative first step, it's not difficult to imagine a future in which all blood transfusions use synthetic red blood cells created specifically for the recipient.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Zalmoxis 7 years ago
I imagine that in the near future there will be a revolution of sorts in new inventions and new developments in science and this artificial blood transfusion thing is only one facet of a broader innovation. I don't like the idea of blood transfusion, limb replacement, plastic surgery, body alteration of any sorts or whatever else you can squeeze into that subject. Everyone wants to live forever in pristine condition but the truth is, if you want to live several centuries in an active body, then the science to make that happen is right around the corner and many of us will get to see it in our ... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
The synthetic blood would not increase the life span. It's intended, as the article states, to be used to help in supplying rare blood types at first. These transfusions could be used during operations where blood is needed or when someone has lost a huge amount of blood from an injury for instance.
Comment icon #3 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Go science, GO!
Comment icon #4 Posted by FissionChip 7 years ago
Awesome news! And vampires can finally go vegan.
Comment icon #5 Posted by russ117044 7 years ago
I imagine that in the near future there will be a revolution of sorts in new inventions and new developments in science and this artificial blood transfusion thing is only one facet of a broader innovation. I don't like the idea of blood transfusion, limb replacement, plastic surgery, body alteration of any sorts or whatever else you can squeeze into that subject. Everyone wants to live forever in pristine condition but the truth is, if you want to live several centuries in an active body, then the science to make that happen is right around the corner and many of us will get to see it in our ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by McFakename 7 years ago
So True Blood is a real thing... Edit: Spelling
Comment icon #7 Posted by ShadowSot 7 years ago
The synthetic blood would not increase the life span. It's intended, as the article states, to be used to help in supplying rare blood types at first. These transfusions could be used during operations where blood is needed or when someone has lost a huge amount of blood from an injury for instance. It also has a benefit for those religious types that forbid regular blood transfusions. I think it is a bit nonsense, but I would rather them live than die from a easily survivable injury or malady.


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