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Cultured red blood cells: There's nothing artificial about it

from By Rosemary Sparacio

Blood transfusions play a critical role in clinical practice. Over 90 million transfusions take place each year. Transfusions are made possible throughout the U.S by donations from individuals, blood-donor programs, blood banks and the American Red Cross. However, in order to get the supplies they need, all venues must participate. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The relatively short lifespan of donated blood, which is 120 days, demands that there is always a constant fresh supply. And even though there are testing parameters in place, there is always the risk of transmitting infections and the potential for incompatibility issues between donor and recipient. more

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