Will findings by Worcester, MA-based Advanced Cell Technologies (ACT) on large-scale blood production from stem cells help the company pull in some much-needed capital? By now you've likely seen reports on a linkurl:paper;http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/cgi/content/abstract/blood-2008-05-157198v1 appearing today in Blood in which researchers differentiated human embryonic stem cells into oxygen-carrying blood cells, in large quantity. The results suggest it may be possible to create mass quantities of blood for transfusions and blood banks. It's a promising advance in applying embryonic stem cell technology, but what's also interesting about this study is its timing. Just linkurl:last month;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54884/ ACT stated in a Security and Exchange Commission filing that the biotech did not have funds to stay open through the end of the month. All the press "might help a little" in attracting some new investment to the company, Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at ACT and senior author on the recent paper, told The Scientist...
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