NHS to test blood transfusion made in a laboratory

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BBC report “Blood that has been made in a laboratory will be tested by the NHS within two years. The new blood cells will be made in bulk from stem cells that normally circulate in the blood. Around 20 people will be given small quantities of the “lab-blood” as part of safety tests. NHS Blood and Transplant said it would be a “landmark” moment and could help people with diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.

The organisation is facing falling numbers of new blood donors. Artificial blood is one potential solution, particularly for patients for whom it is hard to find a good blood match. The trial will be organised by the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford and will start by 2017.

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