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APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY

Towards universally acceptable blood

Metagenomic screening of gut microbiomes led to the discovery of a new enzymatic process for the removal of group A antigens on red blood cells, providing new hope for the development of universal blood.

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Fig. 1: Graphical illustration of the structural basis for the concept of enzymatic conversion of the A and B blood groups.

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Clausen, H., Olsson, M.L. Towards universally acceptable blood. Nat Microbiol 4, 1426–1427 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0548-9

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