Artificial blood to be tested on humans – and could be used in transfusions by 2035


Jonathan O’Callaghan
Daily Mail
April 15, 2014

Mineman Seaman donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

Sailor donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

Artificially created blood could one day replace donations as the norm for blood transfusions.

That’s according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh who have been using stem cells to create red blood cells.

And in 2016 they are planning to conduct a groundbreaking trial that, for the first time, will test artificial blood made from stem cells in patients.

The £5 million project is being pioneered by the University of Edinburgh and comes after years of research into growing red blood cells.

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