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Eliminating Blood Shortages with Stem Cells

Posted by devin@stemsave.com on Aug 21, 2017 4:45:00 PM

Researchers from Megakaryon of Japan are using stem cells to derive platelet cells, which are regularly in short supply due to a lack of blood donations. Platelet cells assist in clotting and help stop bleeding in surgery and trauma patients. However, because these cells are derived from blood, not only does a shortage exist, but their shelf-life is a mere 4 days, as they cannot be frozen and stored. The protocol involves the expanding and differentiating stem cells into platelet cells.  These manufactured cells have a   shelf-life of up to 2 weeks and can be administered to patients in need.  The new method has the potential to eliminate the need for blood donations.  

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Topics: stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine, platelets, donor shortage

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