According to a study published in the journal Nature, the researchers at the University of Bristol and N.H.S. Blood and Transplant have discovered a way to mass-produce artificial blood, a development that could radically ease the pressure on blood banks, saving millions of lives every year. The complicated and expensive process involves “immortalizing” stem cells that can be manipulated to synthesize blood indefinitely.
One of researcher says that discovery is not aimed at replacing blood donations but to help patients who suffer from complex and life-limiting conditions, required multiple transfusions of well-matched blood, notes Gizmodo.
Although large-scale, commercial production of artificial blood still remains a challenge, the latest development could keep hospitals connected to a consistent supply of rare blood, which could be the difference between life and death in certain cases, reports Engadget .