London: Artificial blood sourced from stem cells could be administered to organ transplant patients within the next decade.A research team has developed a method of taking adult stem cells from bone marrow and growing them in the lab to produce blood cells which look and act like their real counterparts. Once their technique is fine-tuned, the team may consider using stem cells taken from embryos, or reprogrammed skin cells, instead of adult cells, to grow them in much greater quantities in lab. Marc Turner, professor at Edinburgh University, who led the study, said: "I think it will probably be two or three years before we get to clinical trials and I would think it will be a decade or so before one sees these kinds of artificial red cells or cultured red cells in routine general practice." Scientists are also developing alternative blood-like substances which could be shot into the body as a "stopgap" until an actual blood transfusion could be performed, the Telegraph reports. New infections such as vCJD, the human form of mad cow disease, remain a risk and there are also concerns blood becomes less effective the longer it is stored.
Contraceptive pills can lower ovarian cancer risk
Fertility rate declines in Karnataka: Expert