Artificially created blood could one day replace donations as the norm for blood transfusions.
That’s according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh who have been using stem cells to create red blood cells.
And in 2016 they are planning to conduct a groundbreaking trial that, for the first time, will test artificial blood made from stem cells in patients.
The £5 million project is being pioneered by the University of Edinburgh and comes after years of research into growing red blood cells.
The process involves using adult skin or blood cells that have been genetically modified into stem cells, known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.