How red blood cells get so big -- and the bad things that happen when they don't

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 18:30 in Biology & Nature

Researchers have discovered how megakaryocytes -- giant blood cells that produce wound-healing platelets -- manage to grow 10 to 15 times larger than other blood cells. The findings also hint at how a malfunction in this process may cause a form of leukemia.

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