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Turbulence allows clinical-scale platelet production for transfusions

07:46 EDT 12 Jul 2018 | Science Daily

Turbulence is a critical physical factor that promotes the large-scale production of functional platelets from human induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers reportl. Exposure to turbulent energy in a bioreactor stimulated hiPSC-derived bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes to produce 100 billion platelets -- blood cell fragments that help wounds heal and prevent bleeding by forming blood clots.

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