UBC researchers closer to creating universal blood type

Well, that is cool. We have to deal with the shortage of donors next.

But now, researchers from the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia say they are close to creating a way to change all blood into universal blood, using an enzyme that simply snips off a blood cell’s antigen, making it more like Type O.

“We produced a mutant enzyme that is very efficient at cutting off the sugars in A and B blood, and is much more proficient at removing the subtypes of the A-antigen that the parent enzyme struggles with,” David Kwan, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s Department of Chemistry, said in a statement.