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Blood Cells Take On Many-Sided Shape During Clotting, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Study


1/13/2014 7:20:30 AM

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Red blood cells are the body’s true shape shifters, perhaps the most malleable of all cell types, transforming – among many other forms- into compressed discs capable of going through capillaries with diameters smaller than the blood cell itself. While studying how blood clots contract John Weisel, professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues, discovered a new geometry that red blood cells assume, when compressed during clot formation.

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