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Now We’re All Type O

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Researchers have discovered a way to turn any blood type into type O, that being the blood that can be used in any transfusion. This is huge.

How’d they do it? From BBC:

The new technique works by using bacterial enzymes to cut sugar molecules from the surface of red blood cells.

After a search of 2,500 fungi and bacteria the researchers discovered two bacteria – Elizabethkingia meningosepticum and Bacterioides fragilis – which contained potentially useful enzymes.

They found that enzymes from both bacteria were able to remove both A and B antigens from red blood cells.

Be on the lookout for more of these bacteria therapies. An increasing number of researchers are doing amazing things with them.