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.
The FDA has just recently approved of the da Vinci Xi System – a robotic surgeon that might be doing your next operation. The robot is the 4th in its line and is by far the most advanced surgical robot on the market. So why would you want the Terminator operating on you? Well, this robot not only has the smallest arms of its kind, but its surgical arm can do a full 180 degree rotation. The instruments attached to the arms like the endospores and tools to make incisions have been updated to the most advanced on the market which in turn eliminates the need for large open incisions which are common for abdominal surgeries. Cancer patients will also be receiving a large benefit from this as the convenience of the smaller parts would allow a large decrease in the number of surgeries required to address cancer removal. For further details, check out it out HERE.