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Synthetic human blood created

23rd March 2009

UK researchers are planning a huge trial which will investigate whether synthetically created blood can be produced from embryonic stem cells. 

The trial will take three years and will be headed by the Scottish National Blood Tranfusion Service. The project's leader, Professor Marc Turner of Edinburgh University, said: "We should have proof of principle in the next few years, but a realistic treatment is probably five to 10 years away. In principle, we could provide an unlimited supply of blood in this way."  

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