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Genetics

10 November 2010

Blood made from skin

Scientists have discovered how to make blood from human skin, meaning that patients may use their own skin as a source of blood for surgery, cancer therapy, or treatment of blood disorders.

Canadian scientists say they have discovered how to make blood from human skin.

The conversion from skin to blood is direct. This means it does not require the middle step of changing skin stem cells into pluripotent stem cells that can be turned into blood cells, explained Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute.

 

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