Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Haha. All You Fundamentalist Evangelicals and Ludites Who Are Against Stem Cell Research Can Suck It

Stem cells can be used to create limitless blood supplies: report

Wed Aug 20, 5:32 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Scientists from a US firm claim to have created a large number of red blood cells from human embryonic stem cells, opening up the prospect of having a limitless supply of blood for transfusions.

"Limitations in the supply of blood can have potentially life-threatening consequences for patients with massive blood loss," said Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), a Worcester-based company.

"Embryonic stem cells represent a new source of cells that can be propagated and expanded indefinitely, providing a potentially inexhaustible source of red blood cells for human therapy.

"We can currently generate 10 to 100 billion red blood cells from a single six-well plate of stem cells," he said in a paper published online in the Blood journal.

"The identification of a stem cell line with "O -" blood-type would permit the production of compatible "universal donor" blood," Lanza added.

The "O" blood type is a universal blood type and the only one that can be transfused to people with other blood types.

A blood type, or a blood group, is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells.

1 comment:

William said...

I find it amusing how these same "Fundamental Evangelicals" are openly against stem cell research until one of their loved-ones or themselves need something that benefits from it. When it's a "poor wretched soul lost to the devil" it's all about "God's will"....when it's them it's all about using your God given intelligence and saving their holier than thou' ass.....