Everyone is born with different blood type. This means that when it’s time to get a blood transfusion, a person can receive only that blood which matches with his/her type. For instance, a Type B can only receive blood from a Type B or a Type AB donor and others. This is also a major reason why Type O blood type is considered extremely valuable as it’s the only known universal type.
This implies that a person who has Type O blood can donate his/her blood to any other person. However, Type O blood isn’t so common and therefore there are many instances where a person may die because of a shortage in finding their own blood type. But now, it appears that researchers have come up with a new way to address this issue by utilizing gut bacteria which can convert any blood types to the Type O blood.
The study shows that the gut bacteria, upon reaching the sugars present in the cells of different blood types, converted it to Type O blood. Previously, there was no efficient or safe way known in which enzymes could be used to get rid of sugars until the researchers found that the gut bacteria can be utilized.
The follow-up step would involve testing this new discovery in clinical trial in order to determine if there may be a negative side effect related to the technique. And if the trial shows positive results, the procedure could surely help enhance blood transfusions greatly in the coming days.