Scottish researchers who are currently hoping to develop synthetic human blood have been given a license to use stem cells to manufacture the blood.
Researchers at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh University and Roslin Cells have been granted the license by UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), taking them another step closer to conducting clinical trials to test the synthetic blood.
AdvertisementThe study is being conducted at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) and the researchers hope to manufacture blood that could eventually be used in humans, overcoming the supply shortages.
Roslin Cells' chief operating officer, Janet Downie welcomed the decision by MHRA and said, "Attaining these licences has been a key goal for the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine and we are delighted to have reached this important milestone."
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