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Canadian boffins say they have managed to make human skin turn into blood: and, cleverly, they have avoided the possible pitfall of the new blood tending to cause cancer in mice. It was already known how to make red blood cells from stem cells, but the trouble with this method is that it produces embryonic or fetal blood - …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Oh noes

    OCT4 the new Ebola :)

  2. Justicesays

    Bleedin' zombies

    "The method involves infecting living adult skin cells with a special virus which inserts a gene known as OCT4"

    Well, that sounds like it could either be used to make lots of blood for transfusions.

    Or the latest biological weapon that will see us staggering down the streets , moaning , as our skin dissolves off our bodies leaving a bloody trail.

    Lets hope the bio hazard controls hold up on that lab eh.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Next up:

    Make this stuff into spray form. So you can turn any bloody miscreant youf into a bloody big bloody lake'o'blood and bloody well flush them down the bloody toilet.

    But all bloody hoax-scaring aside, sounds good. Keep up the bloody good work, blood boffin boys.

    1. hplasm

      Hook: The Boosted Man

      The future is coming, dis-gel has arrived. next up, plate-fab clothes.

  4. John G Imrie

    Am I the only one sick enougth

    to consider this a new form of torture.

    Tell us what we want to know or we will turn all your skin into blood cells and watch you drain away.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Am I the only one sick enougth

      You're probably not the only one paranoid enough to think that every scientific development will be employed by Teh Governments at some point for EVIL.

      But yes, that is pretty sick. Thanks.

      1. thecakeis(not)alie

        @Sarah Bee

        Every scientific development is employed by some government (or corporation - is there a difference anymore?) for EVIL. In fact a great many of our technological advancements are because governments/corporations put time and money into trying to develop new tools - usually for EVIL. “How can I use this to oppress people/make huge wads of cash” is generally the primary motivator for research nowadays. It’s rare – and wonderful – when research comes along that has a different motivation.

        Truth be told however, I don’t see the point of this particular process for EVIL. There are plenty of terrible things (like acids) you could use to dissolve someone that seem like way less work. Given they use a virus for dissemination, my guess is that it would form a great carrier (with some modification) for a highly targeted biological weapon. I am guessing that the boffins in question engineered out the virus’ ability to replicate very far; something that is hugely important in designing a bioweapon that won’t come back to bite you in the ass.

        Even if you are using it only to produce vast quantities of blood for your soldiers, (something most people would not see as EVIL because it is simply trying to ‘save lives’,) the folks you are fighting against would probably view this as an EVIL application of technology. You are using technology to provide your side with an advantage (wounded soldiers not dying when you injure them) that the other side doesn’t have.

        So technology being used for EVIL? Almost certainly! The question is…who gets to define EVIL?

    2. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Am I the only one sick enough

      Wouldn't work.

      For a start, shouting: "Now tell us what we want to know or we'll do that again." down the drain isn't likely to get a useful response.

      However if you happen to be an evil villain, this is just what you need. A quick squirt of this stuff on your victim just before you drop him into the shark pool should produce the perfect result, regardless of when your minions last fed the sharks.

  5. Stratman


    It seems an awful lot of trouble to go to for a mouse's transfusion.

    Couldn't they find a donor mouse?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Blood Banks

    Excellent idea! Blood banks have struggled for years to recruit enough donors. Now they can offer up a choice: Donate your blood or your skin. Blood donations should increase greatly.

    1. Ammaross Danan

      Cheese Slicer

      I'll take a needle jab over a cheese slicer down my thigh any day TYVM.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    True Blood...

    Humans just became redundent...

    get your Special V here

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