Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Universal Donor


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if we could gain the abilities of the donor if we were to get a blood transfusion?

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  1. Hi Liz - oh no ... way too many choices or decisions ... thanks I'll stick with what I've got - but I'm sure I could do better - cheers Hilary

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  2. Imagine the chaos this could cause if you know you got the abilities of the donor. In a life and death situation where you needed blood immediately, I can see someone (either the patient if they are capable of making a decision or their family, etc.) wanting to know what the abilities of a donor might be before they accept the blood or not. Might make giving blood a bit more tricky too as I can imagine there will be more screening involved than just the usual physical screening of blood, but now mental, emotional, etc. Not sure how it would all work out.

    betty

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  3. If that was the case then I hope if I had to have blood I would get them from a powerful witch!

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  4. Then clearly we would have to start getting them from super heroes.

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  5. I think the Blood Connection and Red Cross wouldn't be calling all of the time! I'm O+, so they call me a lot. However, I have no special abilities, so I think I'd be off the hook.

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    1. I'm sure you have abilities that others would want ;)

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  6. That would be crummy. I especially don't like to think of the extra screening\profiling they'd go through.

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  7. I imagine I would so appreciate the probable life saving donor’s blood, their abilities would be an added benefit.

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  8. I'm with Lynda. Having blood needed to save my life would be the most important thing. The other? Depends.

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    1. It's interesting how there seem to be two camps on this. I hadn't anticipated that.

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  9. That would be rather interesting! I'd hope the powers would be misused but some people probably would haha

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    1. That might make a very good story ;)

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  10. That would be cool. I'd get my brother to give me some of his blood so I could have his scientific knowledge, plus his math skills :)

    I'd be smaht!

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  11. Oh my...no because what if the blood was that of a killer who was never caught. A famous painter but one who used women or men. I could inherit brilliance but lack the gift on compassion or gain charm but feel the need of attention by always saying I am dying. No, I am happy in my own skin, bruised and getting a little wrinkly but happy.

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    1. But I never said the blood would change you. I only said "gain abilities of the donor". Would gaining the ability to get away with murder make you a murderer? (You've given me an idea for next week...)

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  12. There is a sense of this deeply embedded in many religious and cultural traditions, from Catholic Eucharist to Native American traditions. We often believe we gain power from the blood. Certainly bad things can be passed from person to person in blood and in a very real ways good things are too. Consider DNA and genetics. This could get very deep very quickly.
    Facing Cancer with Grace

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    1. It could. (Which is the whole point ;)

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  13. There is a reason why we have different blood type and why is that who knows why,
    But do I have special abblities I doubt I'm anything special but if someone could use my blood for some reason. I would consider my self bless
    Coffee is on

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  14. Yeah, if my blood comes in handy for some purpose I would consider myself to be honored.

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    1. Ah, then there's the converse of it...

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  15. Could be interesting. You do see some of that with organ transplants and stories of how after the recipient will start having similar things to the donor like suddenly liking foods they never did (but were favorites of the donor) and such. Could make you a bit wary if you got blood from a serial killer or some such thing.

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  16. Ooh... Very interesting.

    And thank you for the tip on CCleaner! I miss so many details. Heh... Be well!

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    1. That was something that drove me batty. I don't mind being locked out, but losing those passwords... Yeah, much nicer to be able to keep them from the clean.

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