Many years ago, as a young man, I had the opportunity to hear a speech that stuck with me to this day. The topic was a discussion of the differences between knowledge and faith with the thesis that both were necessary to fully experience and understand the world. As the speaker pointed out, ignorance is not bliss because it leads to poor decisions, poor actions, and terrible consequences that can have a negative impact on the quality and even the quantity of life for many.In this edition of TRANSFUSION, Xu and colleagues describe the use of metagenomics in pooled plasma, with identification of potential emerging infectious pathogens. The article represents an attempt by the authors to increase knowledge of the presence of potentially pathogenic organisms in the blood donor population in their region. Their study is significant not only because of the methods and approaches being employed, but also because of the challenge that conducting such a study represents and the importance that it has in addressing a concern that has existed within the blood transfusion community for decades.More than 1400 species of human pathogens are reported in the literature, and of those, 58% are known to be zoonotic
Transfusion – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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