It is hoped artificial red blood cells could be used for specialised transfusions The first attempt at giving human volunteers “synthetic blood” made in a laboratory for the first time will take place within the next two years, the NHS has announced. A long-awaited clinical trial of artificial red blood cells will occur before 2017,…

British scientists want to start testing artificial blood for the first time in humans in the next three years. They plan to start the first phase of testing on volunteers in late 2016 or early 2017.

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