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23 June 2024

Platelet Stream

Our platelets – the blood component necessary for clotting to heal injury – are not cells but nucleus-free 'fragments' produced by very large cells of the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. This study reveals how the cell cycle and the structures involved in it, such as centrosomes, are controlled in megakaryocytes to enable their specialised function – insights for producing platelets for transfusion

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Written by Lindsey Goff

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