Sumary of Discovery could power up platelet production to battle blood shortages:
- In babies, megakaryocytes are much better at proliferating — making more megakaryocytes — than they are at making platelets.
- So platelet numbers go up, but the ability to create new factories slows to a crawl.
- The discovery could also guide to new treatments for thrombocytopenia, a condition in which the body has too few platelets.
- It like theyre focused on construction platelet-production factories.