Synthetic blood may introduce a host of complications

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The following is an edited excerpt.

After decades of global research, controversies, and failed approval petitions, the UK’s Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency finally gave researchers at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine the go-ahead late last month to start developing synthetic blood with adult stem cells.

According to Ruha Benjamin, a sociologist at Boston University, the arrival of synthetic blood is likely to come with some serious socioeconomic and ethical issues, including ones that have complicated many medical advances before it.

Read the full story here: Real-Life True Blood: Synthetic Blood Is Coming — And So Are a Host of Potential Complications

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