Medical Tech

Artificial blood to be manufactured in factories soon

Mass produced blood cells are on their way.

It’s starting to become more and more apparent that we are in the future with just taking a look at a few of our posts like Google Glass, planes that can fly around the world, boats that never need to leave the water as a result of an endless fuel supply. However, this time it’s something a bit different… this time it’s factory produced blood cells. The artificial blood is made from stem cells that have been taken from an adult donor’s skin or blood. These donor cells are genetically rewound to become induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which have the potential to develop into any of the body’s 200 tissues. This is an enormous medical jump from human to human transfusions because all of the blood being produced is type-O. This means that the blood will be able to be used in any human being and since it will be man made, the blood will also be disease and virus free. Just how big is the market for human blood? Considering in America alone there are 40,000+ units transfused every single day, the demand for it is astronomical. Clinical trials are to start in 2016, early 2017 and the plan is to give the blood to three patients with a disease known as thalassaemia- a genetic disorder preventing the body from making as much hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) as it should. Check out the full article HERE.