Scientists from four Scottish universities are
working to manufacture blood for transfusions. Industrial generation of blood
from stem cells would put an end to problems for maintaining blood supply for
transfusion and would also ensure compatibility between donor and recipient.
Scientists have made it clear that this is not
artificial blood. But is similar to the red blood cells (RBC's) found in the
body, but are made in the laboratory. One of the major challenges of this project is that very
large number of cells that will be required and so scientists need to develop
new bio-process and engineering solutions alongside the biology.
The Scottish Funding Council has donated 2.5 million
pounds for this project.