Scientists can turn your poop into the universal blood. Well, not how you think, but the enzyme found in the gut bacteria can turn any blood into the universal Type-O blood, according to Steve Withers and his team of scientists from the University of British Columbia who announced their breakthrough at American Chemical Society’s press conference earlier this week.
How have they come to this?
The scientists collected bacteria samples from human feces then they let them cultivate that enzyme in a lab, and after that, the enzyme was applied to Type A blood, and they are waiting to see if it will turn into the universal blood. This would mean that the scientist’s team would fix the blood shortage crisis which is present in hospitals all over the world.
Let’s see how this works
The total blood types including their subcategories are eight. Even though Type O blood shares the same core red blood cell structure with type A and B, they still have some other unique antigens. They are incompatible with different blood types because their novel antigens are made up of complex sugars which are attached to the blood cell’s outside.
Type O blood is universal because it does not have the additional sugars, so it is compatible with other types of blood.
First, the scientist thought that they would need to remove those antigens to turn other types of blood into O blood.
The lack of those added sugars is what makes Type O universal because it’s able to mix with all other blood types.
Scientists have long thought that removing the antigens was the way to go when trying to create a universal blood type, but this enzyme comes in handy.
This remarkable breakthrough will be a lifesaver as it will avoid the time wasted to determine a patient’s type of blood and it will also fix the blood shortage crisis.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.