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A Matter of Life & Death

Platelets are produced in the bone marrow by cells called megakaryocytes.	iStock

Platelets are produced in the bone marrow by cells called megakaryocytes. iStockphoto

By Vanessa Solomon, Benjamin Kile & Emma Josefsson

Discovering the factors that control the lifespan of the cells that form blood clots could improve cancer treatments and extend the shelf-life of blood donations.

Vanessa Solomon, Benjamin Kile and Emma Josefsson are based at The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

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