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  1. #1 How can we convert RBC into WBC? ( blood cells) 
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    if the attack of micro organisms (bactaria, virus, etc) is massive and the army of WBCs is deficient, there should be a back up plan inside our body. Is it possible to convert RBC into WBCs by some method? (of course I knoow importance of RBC and its function)



    RBC: red blood cells
    WBC: white blood cells


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    No, it is not possible.


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    In the same way that you would convert a mountain into a butterfly.

    Absolutely impossible. Red blood cells are dead. In the case of a serious infection, the body rapidly generates more white cells (of the appropriate sort).
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    Red blood cells are dead?! Ouch!

    Red blood cells are most definitely not dead, but they cannot be converted to white blood cells because they are fully differentiated, and once differentiated, it's very difficult for one type of cell to be converted to another. But even before differentiation, RBCs and most WBCs come from two different multipotent hematopoetic stem cell lineages in the bone marrow (the myeloid and lymphoid lineages respectively), which means you need to go even further back to have a cell with the potential to differentiate into both RBCs and lymphocytes.

    But our bodies do have countless mechanisms to fight infection and respond to injury, the process of inflammation, for instance, which we usually consider an annoying inconvenience is actually a beautiful and absolutely fascinating defense mechanisms, among many many others. Don't forget that this is the product of thousands of years of evolution
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    Quote Originally Posted by scientist-to-be View Post
    Red blood cells are dead?! Ouch!
    Depends on what you mean by "dead", I suppose. Well, they don't have a nucleus which means they can't reproduce (which is often used a characteristic of "life"). More relevant to this question, it means they couldn't, even in principle, be converted back into pluripotent stem cells.
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    It is not possible to convert RBC into WBC. The reason is the extreme difference in their structure.
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    Absolutely impossible.
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