Nov 11, 2022

Using stem cells to create an endless supply of blood

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For decades, scientists have sought to create red blood cells in the lab – a “holy grail” that some hoped could ease regional blood shortages, especially for people with rare blood types.

But now British researchers say they have overcome a major barrier that has plagued many scientists: creating enough red cells to fill a blood bag. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.

“When we kept (the cells) continually dividing for a year, we were quite excited,” said Jan Frayne, a biochemist at the University of Bristol and one of the study’s lead authors.

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