The Precious Gift of Platelets
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
While "well preserved" may be insulting in some circumstances, doctors depend on steady supplies of well-preserved blood to treat patients. A new discovery in that area may one day help patients stay better preserved.
In research published Friday in the journal Science, a team of researchers, led by Karin Hoffmeister of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discovered a way to more than double the storage life of blood platelets by masking a specific sugar molecule on clusters of them.
Platelets cluster when they are cooled down to near-freezing temperatures thanks to certain receptors on their surface. They …
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Publication information: Article title: The Precious Gift of Platelets. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 14, 2003. Page number: B02. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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