Contact: Liz Williams
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Caption: Dr. Ashley Ng and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have solved a puzzle about how blood-making hormones stimulate the bone marrow to make platelets. The discovery identified how bone marrow cells could become overstimulated and produce too many platelets. In blood diseases such as essential thrombocythemia, too many platelets can lead to clogging of the blood vessels, causing clots, heart attack or strokes.
Credit: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
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