Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artificial blood made from human stem cells

Prof Mark Turner has devised a technique to culture red blood cells from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells – cells that have been taken from humans and ‘rewound’ into stem cells. Biochemical conditions similar to those in the human body are then recreated to induce the iPS cells to mature into red blood cells.

There are plans in place for the trial to be concluded by late 2016 or early 2017, he said. It will most likely involve the treatment of three patients with Thalassaemia, a blood disorder requiring regular transfusions. The behaviour of the manufactured blood cells will then be monitored.

Read more:
Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories' 

Source: The Telegraph
Image credits: Alamy

Follow "Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine " on: