A revolutionary breakthrough in medicine comes from some British scientists…”Synthetic Human Blood” derived from embryonic stem cells. If this project is successful, the world may finally see the day when there is no shortage of human blood supply and that too the ones which are completely free of any infection! Since stem cells multiply indefinitely, it basically can result in this enormous quantity of blood.
As DailyMail states, “The cells can be made from universal donor embryos – the O-negative type – and can be guaranteed to be free of infections because they have never been inside a human. The three-year project will be led by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and includes NHS Blood and Transplant and the Wellcome Trust, the world’s biggest medical research charity.…Researchers will test human embryos left over from IVF treatment to find those that are genetically programmed to develop into the ‘O-negative’ blood group, which is the universal donor group whose blood can be transfused into anyone without fear of tissue rejection.”
Ofcourse, the research requires destroying of embryo to create stem cells, which is probably not very encouraging for a number of people and social groups. Since this raises several ethical questions, the project may face some potential legal issues.