Can gut bacteria help us achieve a 'universal' blood type?

MARIA COHUT | August 21, 2018

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In light of the global relief efforts required after natural disasters, which have often called for blood transfusions, researchers are looking for effective ways of turning other blood types into the "universal. Researchers press on with their quest for a safe and effective method to convert other blood types into type O, the 'universal donor.' According to the ABO blood group system, there are four main blood types in humans. These are A, B, AB, and O. Of these, the only O is a "universal donor," meaning that a person with this blood type can safely donate blood to all the other groups. Otherwise, people with type A can only donate to people with types A and AB, type B to types B and AB, and type AB only to other ABs.

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