From prosthetic limbs to artificial hearts, pacemakers or ear implants, we’ve figured out how to replace near every part of the human body.
Contrary to pacemakers, artificial hearts, prosthetic limbs, ear implants etc., artificial blood was a science fiction until recently.
England’s National Health Service (NHS) is conducting early synthetic blood trials with a small group of people. The blood is made from stem cells.
In the near future the scientists’ ambition is to create red blood cells to treat sickle cell anemia and similar conditions and illnesses.
And in the long-term they hope to produce enough of blood for transfusions, especially for people with rarer blood types.