Pioneering research that is currently being carried out at the
is proving so successful that within two years, Britons could be injected with artificial blood. University of Edinburgh
A ready supply of safe blood would also be a boon in developing and third world countries, where thousands of lives are lost unnecessarily each year to conditions such as haemorrhages after child birth.
The main researcher, Professor Turner, predicts that in two to three years, he will be ready to inject a teaspoon of artificial blood into healthy volunteers, in the first British trial of blood made from stem cells. Other researchers are making haemoglobin, the red blood cell protein used to transport oxygen around the body.
Any embryonic stem cells used would be taken from five-day-old embryos left over from IVF treatment and donated to the research project by the patients.