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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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Image of the Day: Blood Factory

By The Scientist Staff | November 20, 2017

In Drosophila larvae, the formation of blood cells takes place in a specialized organ, the lymph gland.

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image: Vitamin C Blocks Leukemia Progression in Mice

Vitamin C Blocks Leukemia Progression in Mice

By Aggie Mika | August 17, 2017

High-dose vitamin C injections reverse the effects of a leukemia-promoting genetic deficiency.

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image: Bone Marrow Isn’t the Only Source of Platelets

Bone Marrow Isn’t the Only Source of Platelets

By Ashley P. Taylor | June 1, 2017

Scientists have estimated that about half of murine platelet production occurs in the lungs.

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image: Blood Stem Cells Grown in the Lab

Blood Stem Cells Grown in the Lab

By Ashley Yeager | May 17, 2017

Researchers identify transcription factors and environmental conditions necessary to reprogram human and mouse cells into cells that function like hematopoietic stem cells.

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image: Synthetic Bones: A Better Bone-Marrow Transplant?

Synthetic Bones: A Better Bone-Marrow Transplant?

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 9, 2017

Artificial bones produce new blood cells in mice, obviating the need for irradiation to kill off resident hematopoietic stem cells in recipients.

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image: Keeping the Blood Supply Zika-Free

Keeping the Blood Supply Zika-Free

By Diana Kwon | April 7, 2017

Blood donation centers across the U.S. are required to screen samples for signs of the mosquito-borne virus. Some have questioned whether it’s always necessary.

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While studying the progression of healthy cells into cancerous ones, researchers discover a way to engraft human blood cells into animals.

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Rapid Blood-Type Test

By Jef Akst | March 16, 2017

Researchers describe a paper-based blood test that can determine a person’s blood type in just two minutes.

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