Human skin turned into blood by Canadian scientists

November 8th, 2010 - 6:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Toronto, Nov 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists in Canada have managed to turn human skin into blood. The feat is very important because it will give scientists the breakthrough they need in finding other sources of blood for blood transfusions. Currently blood donors are heavily relied on to provide blood for transfusions.

The researchers used a tiny patch of the human skin to make the blood. The research was carried out by researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton and it promises to change the way blood transfusion are done. Doctors say because the blood can be made from just a patch of the person’s skin, the risk of the body rejecting the blood will be eliminated and that will really be very vital.

Researchers plan to test the procedure in humans after some further tests. They estimate that that will be ready in two years from now. If the tests go very well, it will be the first time that blood production has been personalized. The study was published in the journal Nature on Sunday.

The scientific director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network and director of the Regenerative Medicine Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Michael Rudnicki was very impressed with the discovery.

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