In the human failing heart, it is the systems biology that ultimately fails: electrical, mechanical, and chemical perturbations in their function do not manifest in isolation, but critically impact on each other in health and disease. Investigation of human myocardium, unlike inbred rodent models, is challenging since no two humans are identical. There is a need for the collection and assessment of clinical patient data, ...more »
There is a critical need for a proactive and coordinated effort to develop well-characterized biorepositories that can be used for epidemiologic studies of emerging infectious agents to expedite rapid implementation of donor screening tests for emerging pathogens and variants that pose a threat to the blood supply.
Prescription and illicit drug is everpresent in the US, which can potentially result in controlled substances entering the US blood supply. Passive transfer of immune allergens is only anecdotally been reported as peanut allergens, fish allergens, and contrast material. However, US blood donors are only screened for a limited number of medications on the universal donor health questionnaire at time of collection. What, ...more »
What do you think of giving a pig a human bone marrow transplant from a universal donor? The pig could produce blood for human use! Although the pig will eventual die of an autoimmune disease its life can be prolonged with all the new autoimmune medicines we have and/or the pig can be engineered to overexpress PDL1 (or a similar autoimmune suppressor). Additionally even if each pint of blood made this way might be ...more »