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The first transfusion with artificial blood has been carried out, a historic milestone for medicine

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At the moment the tests are being carried out in very small quantities, in the search for a medical revolution.

If already the concept of ‘manufacturing’ of red blood cells to artificially recreate blood supposes an extraordinary fact, imagine what will become the first transfusion of this blood typewhich has been carried out through a clinical trial, which can be consulted in a publication by the University of Bristol. we know animals that do not suffer the effects of age and that are practically immortaland we try to recreate the perfect conditions for the human being to be as long-lived as possible.

Microscopic image of an artificial red blood cell

Microscopic image of an artificial red blood cell. NSHBT

The medicine of the future has a new ally in synthetic blood

The clinical trials belonging to the RESTORE program have been chosen to perform one of the most interesting tests of modern medicine. Researchers at the University of Bristol have used donated blood to grow red blood cells in a laboratory and, in this way, that they form part of the first artificial blood transfusion of history

For now, the amount of blood transferred has been smallbut if the tests continue and patients begin to accept these artificial transfusions, the historical landmark that this represents could be the lifeline of millions of people around the world. Those who have a complicated blood group to find or those who suffer related diseases with the precious liquid that drives us, they could benefit from this novel treatment.

The studywhat’s more, is checking whether artificial red blood cells have a similar life expectancy to natural red blood cells. At the moment, everything seems to indicate that since the former are grown in laboratories, they should have a longer life expectancy than those that come from a donor. In addition, also It would be necessary to check if these synthetic cells last longer inside the bodywhich would allow patients not to have to undergo transfusions as often.

Nowadays, only two people have these new artificial cells in your organism, without apparent rejections of your body. The transfusionsfrom both patients, are still tiny and They vary between 5 and 10 milliliters.. Cedric Ghevaert, professor of cell biology at the University of Bristol, states that:

We expect our lab-grown red blood cells to last longer than those from donors. If our trials, the first of their kind in the world, are successful, it will mean that patients who require long-term recurrent transfusions may need fewer transfusions in the future, helping to transform their care.

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