In the midst of another experiment, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have discovered extraordinary news about how the body produces platelets.
Previously, the belief had been that platelets – the blood component that spurs the process of clotting – were produced only within bone marrow. But a multidisciplinary team at UCSF, using a technique that causes platelets to emit a green fluorescence in mice, discovered that more than half the production of platelets happens in the lungs.
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Reported in the journal Nature, the findings could have significant implications for understanding the diseases that cause low platelet counts, as well as the process of lung transplants, according to a release from the university.